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macaque

[muh-kak, -kahk] /məˈkæk, -ˈkɑk/
noun
1.
any monkey of the genus Macaca, chiefly of Asia, characterized by cheek pouches and, usually, a short tail: several species are threatened or endangered.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < French < Portuguese macaco monkey. See macaco
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  • It turned out that policing is the keystone of macaque society.
  • Some monkeys that swim well, including certain macaque and baboon species, also catch fish with their hands.
  • The brain of the macaque monkey has a distinct area dedicated to recognizing faces, according to a new study.
  • Hill and colleagues also compared the new human-brain scans with brain scans of macaque monkeys.
  • There are three face patches in each side of the macaque brain.
  • Researchers examined macaque monkeys watching virtual reality.
  • While two macaque monkeys performed visual and numerical tasks, the researchers monitored the activity of neurons there.
  • Other mammals including the red wolf and stump-tailed macaque might also be hybrids.
  • They even use less than macaque monkeys on a strict diet or lemurs undergoing temporary hibernation.
  • But each monkey still threatens its mirror image as it would a macaque intruder.
British Dictionary definitions for macaque

macaque

/məˈkɑːk/
noun
1.
any of various Old World monkeys of the genus Macaca, inhabiting wooded or rocky regions of Asia and Africa. Typically the tail is short or absent and cheek pouches are present
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Portuguese macaco, from Fiot (a W African language) makaku, from kaku monkey
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Word Origin and History for macaque
n.

East Indian monkey, 1757, from French macaque, from Portuguese macaco "monkey," a Bantu word brought from Africa to Brazil (where it was applied 17c. to a type of monkey there). Introduced as a genus name 1840.

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