rhesus monkey

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noun rhe·sus monkey \ˈrē-səs-\

Definition of rhesus monkey

  1. :  a pale brown Asian macaque (Macaca mulatta) often used in medical research —called also rhesus, rhesus macaque

Origin and Etymology of rhesus monkey

New Latin Rhesus, genus of monkeys, from Latin, a mythical king of Thrace, from Greek Rhēsos


First Known Use: 1829


RHESUS MONKEY Defined for English Language Learners

rhesus monkey

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noun rhe·sus monkey \ˈrē-səs-\

Definition of rhesus monkey for English Language Learners

  • : a small monkey that is often used in medical research


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rhesus monkey

noun rhe·sus monkey

Medical Definition of rhesus monkey

  1. :  a pale brown Asian monkey of the genus Macaca (M. mulatta) often used in medical research


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