Definition of macaque
: 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
Recent Examples of macaque from the Web
Rhesus macaques have lived in the state park for more than 75 years, the Orlando Sentinel has previously reported.
Maréchal tested how easily a macaque's facial expression could be intuited among three different groups of online participants.
In one video, a macaque sits with a firm grip on a pair of glasses while people try to tempt it with a parade of different snacks.
The mischievous macaques — who have deceptively sweet faces — take tourists’ belongings, only returning them in exchange for food, according to New Scientist.
Other primate species, including chimpanzees and macaques, also cradle and carry their fussy young.
Delhi officials even hired people to impersonate langurs to keep rogue macaques out of parliament.
The Japanese macaques likely migrated from mainland Asia and across the Sea of Japan hundreds of thousands of years ago, University of Tokyo biologist and snow monkey expert Takafumi Ishida tells me.
And Robert Zatorre, a researcher at the Montreal Neurological Institute, notes that the neurons of macaques responded differently to dissonant chords in a column responding to the paper.
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Origin and Etymology of macaque
French, from Portuguese macaco, from kaku mangabey, plural makaku, in one or more Bantu languages of Gabon and Congo
First Known Use: 1757See Words from the same year
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Definition of macaque for Students
: a monkey mostly found in Asia that often has a short tail
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