squirrel monkey



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.

Nearby words

  1. squirmy,
  2. squirrel,
  3. squirrel away,
  4. squirrel cage,
  5. squirrel corn,
  6. squirrel's-foot fern,
  7. squirrel-tail grass,
  8. squirrelfish,
  9. squirrely,
  10. squirt

Origin of squirrel monkey

First recorded in 1765–75

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British Dictionary definitions for squirrel monkey

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

Word Origin for squirrel monkey

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

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