- any of several small, squirrellike, South and Central American monkeys of the genera Callithrix, Leontocebus, etc., having soft fur and a long, nonprehensile tail: some species are endangered.
Origin of marmoset
Examples from the Web for marmoset
The Marmoset whom nature had given, only of all, to love the man!
But her head moved, from the portrait to the Flicker, from the Flicker to the Marmoset.
The boy and the marmoset had a chance after all, if the heat didn't get them.
Rick petted the marmoset, then put him back on his file-safe perch.
The marmoset was to substitute, then, for human occupants of the big rocket.
- any small South American monkey of the genus Callithrix and related genera, having long hairy tails, clawed digits, and tufts of hair around the head and ears: family Callithricidae
- pygmy marmoset a related form, Cebuella pygmaea: the smallest monkey, inhabiting tropical forests of the Amazon
Word Origin and History for marmoset
"small monkey," late 14c., from Old French marmoset "grotesque figurine; fool, jester" (late 13c.), perhaps a variant of marmote "long-tailed monkey, ape," then, as a term of endearment, "little child;" said to be from marmonner, marmotter "to mutter, mumble," probably of imitative origin. Some French authorities suggest a derivation of marmoset from marmor "marble," as if "little marble figurine."