• synonyms

squirrel monkey

  1. either of two small, long-tailed monkeys, Saimiri oerstedii of Central America and S. sciureus of South America, having a small white face with black muzzle and gold, brown, or greenish fur: S. oerstedii is endangered.
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Origin of squirrel monkey

First recorded in 1765–75
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Historical Examples

  • It was a beautiful little creature—a true saïmiri, or squirrel-monkey, called the “titi.”

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  • Tamarin, tam′a-rin, n. a small South American squirrel-monkey.

British Dictionary definitions for squirrel monkey

squirrel monkey

  1. a small New World monkey, Saimiri sciureus, of N South American forests, having a yellowish-green coat and orange feet and limbs
  2. red-backed squirrel monkey a related species, Saimiri oerstedi, of Central America, having a reddish coat and dark brown limbs
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Word Origin

C18: so called because it is small and tree-dwelling
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