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

1580–90; < French, special use (orig. 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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Historical Examples

  • A talapoin says, that Fo was a holy man, whose doctrine the bonzes have corrupted, and that Sammonocodom is the true God.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 9 (of 10)

    Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

British Dictionary definitions for talapoin


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

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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