macaque

noun
ma·​caque | \ mə-ˈkak How to pronounce macaque (audio) , -ˈkäk How to pronounce macaque (audio) \

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

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This one focused on rhesus macaques that live in an outdoor enclosure at the California National Primate Research Center. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "The Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke May Last a Lifetime," 27 June 2019 No other non-human primate is more northern-living, nor lives in a colder climate than the Japanese macaque. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Adorable baby snow monkey is born at Milwaukee zoo; first healthy birth in 26 years," 20 June 2019 But these rhesus macaques have paid their dues and have settled into retirement. Carrie Antlfinger, Fox News, "More research monkeys retire when studies finish," 13 June 2019 However, other research, published in April 2018 in the Journal of Virology, was not able to show transmission to macaques. Korin Miller, SELF, "What You Need to Know About So-Called 'Zombie' Deer Disease," 20 Feb. 2019 Moreover, the macaques spontaneously generalized this opt-out behavior from tasks involving perception to those involving memory. Thomas Nagel, The New York Review of Books, "Known Unknowns," 18 Apr. 2019 Grady is an 11-month-old rhesus macaque who lives at the Oregon National Primate Research Center just west of Portland. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "New Hope for Fertility of Young Cancer Patients Using Frozen Testicular Tissue," 21 Mar. 2019 The research involving macaque monkeys found that the monkeys developed CWD after eating infected meat from deer and elk, and some of the meat came from infected deer that had CWD but didn’t show symptoms yet. Korin Miller, SELF, "What You Need to Know About So-Called 'Zombie' Deer Disease," 20 Feb. 2019 The monkey is the 10th primate to die accidentally at the UW since 2009, when a male macaque starved to death. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Research monkey strangles to death at new UW animal lab," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of macaque

1757, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for macaque

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

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macaque

noun
ma·​caque | \ mə-ˈkak How to pronounce macaque (audio) , -ˈkäk\

Kids Definition of macaque

: a monkey mostly found in Asia that often has a short tail

macaque

noun
ma·​caque | \ mə-ˈkak How to pronounce macaque (audio) , -ˈkäk How to pronounce macaque (audio) \

Medical Definition of macaque

: 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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