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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Recent Examples on the Web For the first time, one of the many COVID-19 vaccines in development has protected an animal, rhesus macaques, from infection by the new coronavirus, scientists report. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "COVID-19 vaccine protects monkeys from new coronavirus, Chinese biotech reports," 23 Apr. 2020 Yet others are racing to infect macaques, marmosets, and African green monkeys. Eric Boodman, STAT, "From ferrets to mice and marmosets, labs scramble to find right animals for coronavirus studies," 5 Mar. 2020 One unlucky cameraman was bitten by a macaque in Thailand, prompting a booster rabies shot. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New Netflix series Night on Earth shows wildlife in a startling new light," 25 Feb. 2020 In nature, Japanese macaques, also known as snow monkeys, are hardy creatures. National Geographic, "Circus-like performances by snow monkeys in Japan contradict their long-revered status," 8 Feb. 2020 Using remote cameras, researchers from the University of Georgia recovered more than 267,000 photos of more than 20 species -- including racoon dogs, wild boars, macaques, pheasants, foxes and Japanese hares in the areas surrounding the power plant. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Wildlife flourishing in uninhabited areas around Fukushima," 7 Jan. 2020 Experts are urging plantation owners to consider boosting the habitats for macaques. Fox News, "Greedy killer monkeys found eating large rats in Malaysia, leaving scientists ‘stunned’," 22 Oct. 2019 In the study, conducted in macaques, natural virus infection pointed to consistent protection for decades. Shafaq Zia, STAT, "New study seeks to surface data to produce a stronger measles vaccine," 17 Apr. 2020 There is no indication yet that tamarins are susceptible to the novel coronavirus, which is present in Brazil as in the rest of the world, but other primate species, like macaques, can become infected with it, according to laboratory reports. Maria Magdalena Arrellaga, New York Times, "A Bridge for Tamarins," 21 Apr. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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


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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