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rhesus monkey

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noun rhe·sus monkey \ˈrē-səs-\

Simple Definition of rhesus monkey

  • : a small monkey that is often used in medical research

Full Definition of rhesus monkey

  1. :  a pale brown Asian macaque (Macaca mulatta) often used in medical research —called also rhesus, rhesus macaque

Origin of rhesus monkey

New Latin Rhesus, genus of monkeys, from Latin, a mythical king of Thrace, from Greek Rhēsos


First Known Use: 1841


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rhesus monkey

noun rhe·sus monkey

Medical Definition of rhesus monkey

  1. :  a pale brown Asian monkey of the genus Macaca (M. mulatta) often used in medical research




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