talapoin

noun tal·a·poin \ ˈtaləˌpȯin , -pwan \

Definition of talapoin

plural -s
: a western African monkey (Cercopithecus talapoin) that is the smallest of the guenons and is olivaceous above and whitish beneath with a black face and yellowish whiskers

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Origin and Etymology of talapoin

French, Buddhist monk, talapoin (from its fancied resemblance to a Buddhist monk), from Portuguese talapão (plural talapões) Buddhist monk, from Mon tala poi our lord (title of respect)


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