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macaque

[ muh-kak, -kahk ]
/ məˈkæk, -ˈkɑk /
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noun
any monkey of the genus Macaca, chiefly of Asia, characterized by cheek pouches and, usually, a short tail: several species are threatened or endangered.
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Origin of macaque

First recorded in 1690–1700; from French, from Portuguese macaco “monkey,” presumably from a Bantu language of the Atlantic coast; compare Lingala makako “ape”
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British Dictionary definitions for macaque

macaque
/ (məˈkɑːk) /

noun
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

C17: from French, from Portuguese macaco, from Fiot (a W African language) makaku, from kaku monkey
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