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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Examples of macaque in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, an 18-year-old macaque named Luffy did his best to woo Yakei, much to her displeasure. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 Now a study published in the American Journal of Biological Anthropology offers new insight into the diet and behavior of a world-famous macaque monkey troop. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 18 Apr. 2022 According to officials at the park, the macaque that Yakei showed interest in mating with, a 15-year-old male named Goro, rejected her advances despite their coupling during a previous breeding season. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 At the Arizona facility in November 2018, staff members found a 2-year-old female pigtailed macaque with its arm caught in the metal mesh of its cage. Rob O'dell, The Arizona Republic, 21 Dec. 2021 The Physicians Committee said in a press release on February 10 that UC Davis received more than $1.4 million in funding from Neuralink to carry out the experiments on the macaque monkeys. Hannah Ryan, CNN, 17 Feb. 2022 David Largie performed some of Gaye's classic hits inside the Barbary macaque habitat to put them in the mood for breeding. Jay Croft, CNN, 12 Feb. 2022 Kristen Nordlund, a spokesperson with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an email Saturday evening that all 100 of the cynomolgus macaque monkeys had since been accounted for. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Jan. 2022 Kristen Nordlund, a spokesperson with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an email Saturday evening that all 100 of the cynomolgus macaque monkeys had since been accounted for. Fox News, 23 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of macaque was in 1757

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9 May 2022

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“Macaque.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/macaque. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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