- any South American marmoset of the genera Saguinus and Leontopithecus (Leontideus), having silky fur and a nonprehensile tail: several species are threatened or endangered.
Origin of tamarin
1735–45; < French < Carib
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The tamarin has neither pouches on the sides of his jaws, nor callosities on his posteriors.
THIS animal, though very small, is still larger than either the ouistiti, or the tamarin.
Tamarin, tam′a-rin, n. a small South American squirrel-monkey.
- any of numerous small monkeys of the genera Saguinus (or Leontocebus) and Leontideus, of South and Central American forests; similar to the marmosets: family Callithricidae
C18: via French from Galibi