- 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.
Origin of squirrel monkey
First recorded in 1765–75
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It was a beautiful little creature—a true saïmiri, or squirrel-monkey, called the “titi.”Popular Adventure Tales
Tamarin, tam′a-rin, n. a small South American squirrel-monkey.
- a small New World monkey, Saimiri sciureus, of N South American forests, having a yellowish-green coat and orange feet and limbs
- red-backed squirrel monkey a related species, Saimiri oerstedi, of Central America, having a reddish coat and dark brown limbs
C18: so called because it is small and tree-dwelling