Definition of marmoset
: any of numerous small soft-furred South and Central American monkeys (family Callithricidae) with claws instead of nails on all the digits except the big toe
Recent Examples of marmoset from the Web
These will be the first major additions to Discovery Cove since SeaVenture, a diving experience, opened in 2011; the arrival of the Freshwater Oasis and its otters and marmosets in 2012; and the debut of the Grand Reef area in 2013.
Slow lorises, raccoon dogs, and pygmy marmosets are just a few of the wild animals that have become famous by posing and interacting with people on YouTube and other social media sites.
Every year millions of animals—African grey parrots, marmosets, meerkats, poison dart frogs, pythons, seahorses, whip scorpions—are plucked from the wild and moved around the world for commercial purposes.
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Origin and Etymology of marmoset
Middle English marmusette kind of monkey, from Middle French marmoset grotesque figure, from marmouser to mumble, of imitative origin
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
MARMOSET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of marmoset for English Language Learners
: a small monkey of South and Central America that has soft fur and a long tail
MARMOSET Defined for Kids
Definition of marmoset for Students
: a small monkey of South and Central America with soft fur and a bushy tail
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