- any monkey of the genus Macaca, chiefly of Asia, characterized by cheek pouches and, usually, a short tail: several species are threatened or endangered.
Origin of macaque
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Among the primates beside Pithecanthropus there is a macaque.Men of the Old Stone Age
Henry Fairfield Osborn
Fig. 236 shows this continuity of the descending and transverse mesocolon as a permanent adult condition in the macaque.The Anatomy of the Human Peritoneum and Abdominal Cavity
George. S. Huntington
The Japanese Macaque (M. speciosus) is well known from the work of Japanese artists.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
Macaque, ma-kak′, n. a monkey of genus Macacus, between baboons and the African mangabeys.
The hair on the forehead of this is black, whereas that of the macaque is greenish.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10)
Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
- any of various Old World monkeys of the genus Macaca, inhabiting wooded or rocky regions of Asia and Africa. Typically the tail is short or absent and cheek pouches are present
Word Origin for macaque
East Indian monkey, 1757, from French macaque, from Portuguese macaco "monkey," a Bantu word brought from Africa to Brazil (where it was applied 17c. to a type of monkey there). Introduced as a genus name 1840.