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rhesus

[ ree-suhs ]

noun

  1. a macaque, Macaca mulatta, of India, used in experimental medicine.


Rhesus

/ ˈriːsəs /

noun

  1. Greek myth a king of Thrace, who arrived in the tenth year of the Trojan War to aid Troy. Odysseus and Diomedes stole his horses because an oracle had said that if these horses drank from the River Xanthus, Troy would not fall


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Other Words From

  • rhe·sian [ree, -sh, uh, n], adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of rhesus1

1830–40; < New Latin, arbitrary use of Latin Rhēsus name of a Thracian king allied with Troy < Greek Rhêsos
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Example Sentences

To understand the role that vocal membranes play, Nishimura’s team studied videos of primate voice boxes in action in chimpanzees, rhesus macaques and squirrel monkeys.

The latest, released in April 2021, showed a rhesus monkey named Pager playing the video game Pong with its mind.

In April, researchers working with the company showed off videos of a rhesus monkey named Pager who can play the classic paddle game using thought signals.

An odd new study involving rhesus macaque monkeys, ethanol, and vaccines has found some benefit to moderate drinking.

The great rhesus wars of 2012 demonstrate just that, and show us that healthy food, not less food, is important for a long life.

But is the latest rhesus news really a victory for the slobs and snails?

Odysseus drives the horses of Rhesus out of the camp with the bow of Meriones; he has forgotten to take the whip from the chariot.

The Rhesus, a feeble production long attributed to Euripides, is almost certainly not his work.

One, the work of the American, Kinnaman, on two Rhesus monkeys.

Rhesus slept in the midst, and beside him his swift horses were fastened by the reins to the outer rim 357 of the chariot.

They were probably the Indian baboon (Macacus rhesus) and, for animals which had not been hunted, were most extraordinarily wild.

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