Etymology 1 edit
Likely a borrowing from a language spoken East of Canaan, related to Middle Persian [script needed] (kpyk' /kabīg/, “monkey”) and perhaps ultimately from Sanskrit कपि (kapi, “ape, monkey”). Monkeys are not native to the region of Canaan.
Etymology 2 edit
קוּף • (kuf) f (singular construct קוּף־)
- “קוף” in the Hebrew Terms Database of the Academy of Hebrew Language