tam·​a·​rin ˈta-mə-rən How to pronounce tamarin (audio)
: any of numerous small chiefly South American monkeys (genera Saguinus and Leontopithecus) that are related to the marmosets and have silky fur, a long tail, and lower canine teeth that are longer than the incisors

Examples of tamarin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Endangered monkeys bornCritically endangered twin cotton-top tamarin monkeys born at Animal Kingdom Vanilla sees the skyA 28-year-old chimpanzee was caged her entire life. Amaris Encinas, USA TODAY, 30 June 2023 The zoo has welcomed several new animals this year, including a whooping crane chick, a giraffe, lemurs, emperor tamarin monkeys and an elephant. Allie Kelly, Dallas News, 15 Aug. 2023 The zoo has welcomed many new baby animals this year, including a giraffe, lemurs, emperor tamarin monkeys and an elephant. Lana Ferguson, Dallas News, 11 July 2023 Male marmosets and tamarins lose weight while carrying the young. Time, 17 June 2023 Twin emperor tamarin monkeys were born to parents Lettie and Roger on March 29 and are being housed in the Tamarin Treetops exhibit in Zoo North. Isabella Volmert, Dallas News, 31 May 2023 Irvin was arrested February 2, just days after police say the tamarin monkeys were intentionally taken from their zoo enclosure, which had been cut open. Andy Rose, CNN, 16 Mar. 2023 Bella and Finn, two emperor tamarin monkeys, were missing. Jamie Landers, Dallas News, 14 Mar. 2023 The two emperor tamarin monkeys that were stolen from the Dallas Zoo last month were seen running around in their enclosure Monday after being released from quarantine. Dallas News, 20 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


French tamary, tamarin, perhaps of Tupian origin

First Known Use

1780, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tamarin was in 1780

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“Tamarin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tamarin. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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