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
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.
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: 1757
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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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