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talapoin

[ tal-uh-poin ]
/ ˈtæl əˌpɔɪn /
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noun

a small, yellowish guenon monkey, Micropithecus (Cercopithecus) talapoin, of western Africa.

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Origin of talapoin

1580–90; <French, special use (originally jocular) of talapoin Buddhist monk <Mon tɔelaʔ pian (written tīla puin) Buddha, literally, the Lord of Merit (Old Mon tirlaaʾ lord + Pali puñña merit)

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British Dictionary definitions for talapoin

talapoin
/ (ˈtæləˌpɔɪn) /

noun

the smallest of the guenon monkeys, Cercopithecus talapoin, of swampy central W African forests, having olive-green fur and slightly webbed digits
(in Myanmar and Thailand)
  1. a Buddhist monk
  2. a title of respect used in addressing such a monk

Word Origin for talapoin

C16: from French, literally: Buddhist monk, from Portuguese talapão, from Mon tala pōi our lord; originally jocular, from the appearance of the monkey
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