marmoset

noun
mar·​mo·​set | \ˈmär-mə-ˌset, -ˌzet\

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

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But specific acts, like sharing a delicious cricket with a begging baby marmoset, seem to need more specific explanation. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "These monkeys surprised scientists by sharing even more when no one was looking," 30 Mar. 2018 The elaborate petting zoo includes a herd of tame fallow deer along with a menagerie that includes reindeer, wallabies, marmosets, coatimundis, mini horses, pygmy goats and more. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Arizona road trip: Williams has Route 66, Bearizona and cool summer fun," 15 June 2018 When alone with a baby begging for a taste, adult marmosets shared their cricket 85 percent of the time. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 7 Apr. 2018 When alone with a baby begging for a taste, adult marmosets shared their cricket 85% of the time. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "These monkeys surprised scientists by sharing even more when no one was looking," 30 Mar. 2018 For his part, Kobach has evinced all the legal skills of a marmoset. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The 'Voter Fraud' Myth Is Just Embarrassing at This Point," 14 Mar. 2018 The pygmy marmosets are deeply adorable, and the snippy gharials would make excellent Muppets. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?," 8 Mar. 2018 Researchers have detected Zika in capuchin monkeys and common marmosets, which both reside near humans in Brazil. Aimee Cunningham, Washington Post, "Although the number of Zika cases has fallen, the virus is unlikely to vanish," 4 Nov. 2017 Pygmy marmosets actually have relatively large babies for their tiny size. Saryn Chorney, PEOPLE.com, "Pgymy Marmoset Mom, World's Smallest Monkey, Gives Birth to Cutest Twins Ever (See Photos!)," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of marmoset

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marmoset

Middle English marmusette kind of monkey, from Middle French marmoset grotesque figure, from marmouser to mumble, of imitative origin

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marmoset

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English Language Learners Definition of marmoset

: a small monkey of South and Central America that has soft fur and a long tail

marmoset

noun
mar·​mo·​set | \ˈmär-mə-ˌset \

Kids Definition of marmoset

: a small monkey of South and Central America with soft fur and a bushy tail

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