owl monkey

noun

Definition of owl monkey

: 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

Examples of owl monkey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To photograph owl monkeys in the treetops of Argentina, the cameraman used infrared light to illuminate the foliage. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New Netflix series Night on Earth shows wildlife in a startling new light," 25 Feb. 2020 After about 20 minutes, the spider monkeys were replaced by a small owl monkey. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "Embattled Wildlife in Need continues to operate business as usual despite legal challenges," 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, "How Our Sleeping Habits Helped to Make Us Human," 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, "How Our Sleeping Habits Helped to Make Us Human," 1 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of owl monkey

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Owl monkey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/owl%20monkey. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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