WORD ORIGIN noun a Central and South American monkey, Cebus capucinus, having a prehensile tail and hair on the head resembling a cowl. any monkey of the genus Cebus. a hooded cloak for women. Origin of capuchin 1590–1600;
-ino -ine 1
ringtail monkey (for defs 1, 2).
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British Dictionary definitions for ringtail monkey noun any agile intelligent New World monkey of the genus Cebus, inhabiting forests in South America, typically having a cowl of thick hair on the top of the head a woman's hooded cloak (sometimes capital) a rare variety of domestic fancy pigeon Word Origin for capuchin
C16: from French, from Italian
cappuccino, from cappuccio hood; see capuche noun a friar belonging to a strict and autonomous branch of the Franciscan order founded in 1525 ( as modifier) a Capuchin friar Word Origin for Capuchin
C16: from French; see
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Word Origin and History for ringtail monkey n.
1520s, from Middle French
capuchin (16c., Modern French capucin), from Italian capuccino, diminutive of capuccio "hood," augmentative of cappa (see cap (n.)). Friar of the Order of St. Francis, under the rule of 1528, so called from the pointed hoods on their cloaks. As a type of monkey, 1785, from the shape of the hair on its head, thought to resemble a cowl.
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