macaque

noun

ma·​caque mə-ˈkak How to pronounce macaque (audio) -ˈkäk How to pronounce macaque (audio)
: any of a genus (Macaca) of chiefly Asian monkeys typically having a sturdy build and including some short-tailed or tailless forms
especially : rhesus monkey

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Examples of macaque in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the start of the experiment, the macaques were voluntarily consuming the equivalent of about nine drinks a day for a human. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 14 Aug. 2023 After lunch on the second day, travelers will disembark at the Merapoh station to visit one of the world’s oldest rainforests—formed nearly 130 million years ago—at Taman Negara National Park, where leopards, tigers, Sumatran rhinos, water buffalo, hornbills, and macaques all cohabitate. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 July 2023 Orange City Police Department Rhesus macaques are one of two species of wild monkeys — along with vervet monkeys — that are reproducing in Florida, according to the wildlife conservation commission. Julianne McShane, NBC News, 24 Aug. 2023 The team tested the compound on 19 macaques at a research center in Texas that had acquired the parasite naturally. Paula Andalo | Kff Health News, NBC News, 15 Aug. 2023 And despite their genetic similarities, rhesus macaques are obviously not humans. WIRED, 3 July 2023 And the assemblages that macaques and capuchin monkeys create suggest that stone tool use may have begun much earlier in evolutionary history than previously thought. Zach Zorich, Scientific American, 10 Mar. 2023 Second, in such places, macaques are very conspicuous and create a false impression of being overrun by too many macaques islandwide, Dittus tells Mongabay. Malaka Rodrigo, Quartz, 10 May 2023 Male macaques mounted each other after grooming, eating, fighting, playing and resting as well as while traveling, according to the study. Gina Errico, Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

French, from Portuguese macaco, from kaku mangabey, plural makaku, in one or more Bantu languages of Gabon and Congo

First Known Use

1757, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of macaque was in 1757

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Cite this Entry

“Macaque.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/macaque. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

macaque

noun
ma·​caque mə-ˈkak How to pronounce macaque (audio) -ˈkäk How to pronounce macaque (audio)
: any of various monkeys mostly from Asia that includes some with either short or no tails
especially : rhesus monkey
Etymology

French, from Portuguese macaco, from makaku, plural of kaku, name for an African monkey in one or more Bantu languages of Gabon and Congo

Medical Definition

macaque

noun
ma·​caque mə-ˈkak How to pronounce macaque (audio) -ˈkäk How to pronounce macaque (audio)
: any of numerous short-tailed Old World monkeys of the genus Macaca and related genera chiefly of southern Asia
especially : rhesus monkey

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