crab-eating macaque


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

Examples of crab-eating macaque in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rare monkeys, sometimes known as crab-eating macaques, are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which requires special permits to be imported into the United States. Jay Weaver, Miami Herald, 25 Mar. 2024 During fieldwork at Phi Phi Islands, Thailand, spanning several weeks, the photographer focused on documenting the behavior of these crab-eating macaques and their water forages. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Further, the crab-eating macaque are already in the state for biological testing. Kinsey Crowley, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 Researchers used the gene editing technology CRISPR to make tweaks to Yucatan miniature pig genes, then removed the kidneys from 21 crab-eating macaques and transplanted the pigs' organs into the monkeys. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Oct. 2023 The monkeypox virus was first identified in 1959 among a group of captive crab-eating macaque monkeys in Copenhagen, Denmark that had been imported for use in polio vaccine research and that had fallen ill with a pustular rash (2). Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 1 Aug. 2015 There is one model of depression and anxiety that is about as close to a natural model as researchers will get — the crab-eating macaque. Leah Froats, Discover Magazine, 25 Oct. 2017 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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