marmoset

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French marmouset (gargoyle; small child), probably from marmouser (to mumble), of imitative origin.

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmɑɹməsət/, /ˈmɑɹməzət/

NounEdit

marmoset (plural marmosets)

  1. A small monkey, now specifically a Central and South American monkey of the genera Callithrix, Mico, Cebuella, or Callibella, with claws instead of nails, and a rather primitive layout. [from 14th c.]
  2. (obsolete) A hideous figure; a grotesque. [15th-19th c.]
  3. (derogatory, now rare) An unappealing or foolish man. [from 16th c.]

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