[ ma-goh, mah-, mag-uh t ]
/ mæˈgoʊ, mɑ-, ˈmæg ət /


a small, grotesque Japanese or Chinese carved figure.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for magot


/ (mɑːˈɡəʊ, ˈmæɡət) /


a Chinese or Japanese figurine in a crouching position, usually grotesque
a less common name for Barbary ape

Word Origin for magot

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