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marmoset

[mahr-muh-zet, -set] /ˈmɑr məˌzɛt, -ˌsɛt/
noun
1.
any of several small, squirrellike, South and Central American monkeys of the genera Callithrix, Leontocebus, etc., having soft fur and a long, nonprehensile tail: some species are endangered.
Origin of marmoset
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English marmusette a kind of monkey, an idol < Old French marmouset, apparently equivalent to marmos(er) to murmur (marm- (see marmot) + -oser v. suffix) + -et -et
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  • My heart leaped wildly as the marmoset bounded past us to drop hand over hand to the lower apartment in search of its master.

  • The marmoset was with them, perched on top of the file safe.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • marmoset was fonder of riding than walking, so that Grampus had enough to do; but he did not put himself much about.

    Martin Rattler R.M. Ballantyne
  • Rick petted the marmoset, then put him back on his file-safe perch.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • marmoset crossed over walking, like a tight-rope dancer, being quite au fait at such work.

    Martin Rattler R.M. Ballantyne
  • The boy and the marmoset had a chance after all, if the heat didn't get them.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • When in the canoe, the marmoset played with Grampus, as the dog was named; and when on shore it invariably travelled on his back.

    Martin Rattler R.M. Ballantyne
  • Down the passage came leaping and gambolling the Doctor's marmoset.

    The Devil Doctor Sax Rohmer
  • When a marmoset is suddenly alarmed, it utters an odd little whistling cry.

  • Were there no means whereby I could induce the marmoset to approach me?

    The Devil Doctor Sax Rohmer
British Dictionary definitions for marmoset

marmoset

/ˈmɑːməˌzɛt/
noun
1.
any small South American monkey of the genus Callithrix and related genera, having long hairy tails, clawed digits, and tufts of hair around the head and ears: family Callithricidae
2.
pygmy marmoset, a related form, Cebuella pygmaea: the smallest monkey, inhabiting tropical forests of the Amazon
Word Origin
C14: from Old French marmouset grotesque figure, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for marmoset
n.

"small monkey," late 14c., from Old French marmoset "grotesque figurine; fool, jester" (late 13c.), perhaps a variant of marmote "long-tailed monkey, ape," then, as a term of endearment, "little child;" said to be from marmonner, marmotter "to mutter, mumble," probably of imitative origin. Some French authorities suggest a derivation of marmoset from marmor "marble," as if "little marble figurine."

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