tam·​a·​rin | \ ˈta-mə-rən How to pronounce tamarin (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web The zoo, which specializes in rare and endangered species, was the first to successfully breed a black lion tamarin in captivity in 1990, according to their website. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 3 Apr. 2022 There are about 2,500 tamarins in the wild today, and conservationists are hoping to ensure the monkeys’ survival by expanding the natural habitat. Chris Stanford, New York Times, 22 Apr. 2020 Cotton-top tamarins, too, are losing their Amazonian habitats. National Geographic, 21 Apr. 2020 These diminutive primates are one of three Amazonian species of tamarin. National Geographic, 30 Jan. 2020 Cotton-top tamarins live in a small forested area of northwestern Colombia. National Geographic, 30 Jan. 2020 But also don’t miss the Utica Zoo’s tamarin or Flying Skunk Farm or the baby goats of Colchester, Conn. Term Sheet maven Polina Marinova recommends the goats! Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, 16 Dec. 2019 The two new mustachioed monkeys, known as emperor tamarins, arrived from the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Minnesota. Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2019 Emperor tamarins live in social groups in the wild, and the two brothers are never far from each other, zoo officials said. Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2019 See More

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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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“Tamarin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tamarin. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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