tamarin

noun
tam·a·rin | \ˈta-mə-rən, -ˌran\

Definition of tamarin 

: 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

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The birth of the tamarins was the first for the Zoo in a decade. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The National Zoo’s Golden Lion Tamarins Delight Curators with the Delivery of Twins," 3 July 2018 However, the zoo indicated that golden tamarins remain endangered. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Two endangered monkeys born at zoo last week, one died Tuesday," 4 July 2018 The family will remain as a unit as the new tamarins reach maturity. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The National Zoo’s Golden Lion Tamarins Delight Curators with the Delivery of Twins," 3 July 2018 This ensures the juvenile tamarins learn how to raise their own offspring successfully, Moore says. National Geographic, "Failure to Launch: These Animals Stay With Mom For Years," 12 May 2018 The tamarins, black bears and lions have access to exhibits. Shelby Reynolds, USA TODAY, "Alligators? Check. Naples Zoo starts recovery from Hurricane Irma," 14 Sep. 2017 Helping species thrive and survive Ana and Rio are cared for under a Species Survival Plan program, in part, because golden lion tamarins, indigenous to South America, are endangered as deforestation destroys their habitat. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "1.5-pound Akron Zoo tamarin has successful cataract surgery," 14 June 2017 The 1.5-pound endangered golden lion tamarin recently underwent cataract surgery, which veterinarians believe could be the first such surgery on a primate so small. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "1.5-pound Akron Zoo tamarin has successful cataract surgery," 14 June 2017 Helping species thrive and survive Ana and Rio are cared for under a Species Survival Plan program, in part, because golden lion tamarins, indigenous to South America, are endangered as deforestation destroys their habitat. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "1.5-pound Akron Zoo tamarin has successful cataract surgery," 14 June 2017

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First Known Use of tamarin

1780, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tamarin

French tamary, tamarin, perhaps of Tupian origin

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