owl monkey

noun

: any of several small nocturnal monkeys (genus Aotus) of Central and South American tropical forests that have round heads, large eyes, and densely furred bodies

called also douroucouli

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The northern owl monkey, a wide-eyed, nocturnal critter, has particularly complex facial coloration. Jennifer Abbasi, Discover Magazine, 27 Feb. 2013 An owl monkey, with a brain twice as large as a marmoset, actually has twice as many neurons — whereas doubling the size of a rodent brain often yields only 20 to 30 percent more neurons. Douglas Fox, Discover Magazine, 20 Aug. 2018 To photograph owl monkeys in the treetops of Argentina, the cameraman used infrared light to illuminate the foliage. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 25 Feb. 2020 After about 20 minutes, the spider monkeys were replaced by a small owl monkey. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, 22 Feb. 2020 While humans average seven hours, other primates range from just under nine hours (blue-eyed black lemurs) to 17 (owl monkeys). Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 1 Jan. 2019 While humans average seven hours, other primates range from just under nine hours (blue-eyed black lemurs) to 17 (owl monkeys). Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 1 Jan. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of owl monkey was in 1877

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“Owl monkey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/owl%20monkey. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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