crab-eating macaque

noun

crab-eat·​ing macaque
: a macaque (Macaca fascicularis) of southeastern Asia, Borneo, and the Philippines that sometimes feeds on marine crustaceans and shellfish and is often used in medical research

called also cynomolgus monkey, long-tailed macaque

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web It was first identified in 1958 when two outbreaks of a pox-like disease occurred in crab-eating macaque monkeys that were being used for research, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 17 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crab-eating macaque was in 1898

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“Crab-eating macaque.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crab-eating%20macaque. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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