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[doo r-uh-koo-lee] /ˌdʊər əˈku li/
a small, nocturnal South American monkey of the genus Aotus, having large, owllike eyes: in danger of extinction.
Also, douricouli
[doo r-i-koo-lee] /ˌdʊər ɪˈku li/ (Show IPA)
Also called night monkey, owl monkey.
< French; recorded by A. von Humboldt as the animal's name in the language of a Río Negro tribe (S Venezuela) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for douroucouli


a nocturnal omnivorous New World monkey, Aotus trivirgatus, of Central and South America, with large eyes, thick fur, and a round head with pale and dark markings
Word Origin
from a South American Indian name
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any of several species of closely related nocturnal monkeys of Central and South America distinguished by their large yellow-brown eyes. The durukuli is round-headed, with small ears and dense, soft, grizzled gray or brown fur. Weight ranges from 780 to 1,250 grams (1.7 to 2.7 pounds), and length is 25 to 50 cm (10 to 20 inches), not including the bushy tail, which is about the same length and hangs straight down, incapable of coiling or grasping.

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