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magot

[ma-goh, mah-, mag-uh t]
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noun
  1. Barbary ape.
  2. a small, grotesque Japanese or Chinese carved figure.
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Origin of magot

1600–10; < French, Middle French, alteration of Magog, a people seduced by Satan in Rev. 20:8 (cf. Magog); used figuratively in non-Christian medieval legends, and probably applied derisively to the apes in allusion to their supposed grotesqueness
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Historical Examples

  • I wonder at thee, Magot, and have done so many times,—thou hast such a strange power of winning folks to thy will.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • Now, through Watteau, the magot makes its entrance into French art.

  • The magot, which is a very common animal in Upper Egypt, as well as in Barbary, was known to the ancients.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10)

    Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

  • The orang-outang, and the gibbon, are very different from the pithecos and the magot.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10)

    Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

  • The magot has no tail, though he has a small portion of skin, which has some appearance of one.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10)

    Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon


British Dictionary definitions for magot

magot

noun
  1. a Chinese or Japanese figurine in a crouching position, usually grotesque
  2. a less common name for Barbary ape
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Word Origin

C17: from French: grotesque figure, after the Biblical giant Magog
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