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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In Bali, macaques steal trinkets from tourists and hoard them as bartering tools for food (in this case, the exchange rate appears to be one pair of eyeglasses for a slice of bread). Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018 In 2017, Canadian researchers claimed to have observed CWD in macaque monkeys who had eaten infected deer meat, but the National Institute of Health reported in 2018 that there was no transmissibility in macaques. Fox News, "Spread of chronic wasting disease prompts states to consider new rules for hunters," 23 May 2018 In 2011, a crested macaque used an unattended camera at a reserve in Indonesia to take pictures of himself. Everton Bailey Jr.,, "Oregon horse sues former owner for $100,000, seeking damages for neglect," 2 May 2018 More than 3000 macaques live in enclosures like those or in larger open-air arenas. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "‘A cataclysmic wake-up call’: Can more candor win back support for animal research?," 26 June 2018 Japanese macaques, also known as snow monkeys, are the most northerly species of non-human primates. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Chilling Out in Hot Springs May Help Japan’s Snow Monkeys Reduce Stress," 5 Apr. 2018 In particular, the number of monkeys was small and there may be differences between macaques and humans that could affect how the body processes the infection. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "Zika Exposure Even after Birth May Lead to Brain Damage," 4 Apr. 2018 Other species with similar practices include chimpanzees in west Africa, macaques in Thailand, and other species of capuchins in South America, New Scientist reported. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Panama monkeys may have begun their own Stone Age, scientists say," 4 July 2018 Of those, only six would survive: three leopards, two macaques, and one small grizzly bear, all of which had been left in their cages. Longreads, "Wild At Heart," 17 May 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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ma·caque | \ mə-ˈkak , -ˈkäk \

Kids Definition of macaque

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


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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