macaque

noun ma·caque \ mə-ˈkak , -ˈkäk \

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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Origin and Etymology of macaque

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


MACAQUE Defined for Kids

macaque

noun ma·caque \ mə-ˈkak , -ˈkäk \

Definition of macaque for Students

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

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macaque

noun ma·caque \ mə-ˈkak , -ˈkäk \

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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