[ma-goh, mah-, mag-uht]
a small, grotesque Japanese or Chinese carved figure.

1600–10; < French, Middle French, alteration of Magog, a people seduced by Satan in Rev. 20:8 (cf. Magog); used figuratively in medieval legends of Oriental and hence non-Christian races, and probably applied derisively to the apes in allusion to the supposed grotesqueness of such races Unabridged
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magot (mɑːˈɡəʊ, ˈmæɡət)
1.  a Chinese or Japanese figurine in a crouching position, usually grotesque
2.  a less common name for Barbary ape
[C17: from French: grotesque figure, after the Biblical giant Magog]

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