squirrel monkey

noun

Definition of squirrel monkey

: any of several small soft-haired South American monkeys (genus Saimiri, especially S. sciureus of the family Cebidae) that have a long tail not used for grasping and are colored chiefly yellowish gray with a white face and black muzzle

Examples of squirrel monkey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1959, the Army launched Able, a rhesus monkey, and Baker, a squirrel monkey, aboard a missile for a suborbital flight that both survived. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 28 May 2020 But researchers have been blindsided before, when efforts by White Coat Waste ended studies on squirrel monkeys, cats, and dogs at several federal facilities. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "Should aging lab monkeys be retired to sanctuaries?," 5 Dec. 2019 Most primates in accredited sanctuaries are chimpanzees, capuchins, and squirrel monkeys, according to Erika Fleury, program director for the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance, or NAPSA, an advocacy group for captive primates. NBC News, "More research labs are retiring rather than euthanizing monkeys when studies finish," 14 June 2019 Most primates in accredited sanctuaries are chimpanzees, capuchins, and squirrel monkeys, according to Erika Fleury, program director for the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance, or NAPSA, an advocacy group for captive primates. NBC News, "More research labs are retiring rather than euthanizing monkeys when studies finish," 14 June 2019 Authorities followed a tip that led them to Price's apartment, where the animals, including a squirrel monkey, a skink, three box turtles and two red-foot tortoises, were discovered. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Florida man harbored zoo animals in apartment, police said," 6 June 2018 Be sure to keep an eye out for the two squirrel monkeys that live on the property as well as the swan that lives in the slough. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Mother's Day freebies and discounts at gardens, museums and restaurants," 11 May 2018 The havoc-wreaking gang consisted of three spider monkeys and two squirrel monkeys. Vincent Crampton, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Citrus County: Monkey Island, Homosassa River’s Alcatraz," 6 May 2018 The squirrel monkeys in The Monkey Village, which is a walk-through exhibit on the Tropics Trail where there’s nothing between you and the curious, quick-moving monkeys. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Phoenix Zoo: What to know before you go. A helpful guide for families planning to visit," 11 Apr. 2018

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1773, in the meaning defined above

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“Squirrel monkey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squirrel%20monkey. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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