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squirrel monkey

noun
1.
either of two small, long-tailed monkeys, Saimiri oerstedii of Central America and S. sciureus of South America, having a small white face with black muzzle and gold, brown, or greenish fur: S. oerstedii is endangered.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75
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British Dictionary definitions for squirrel monkey

squirrel monkey

noun
1.
a small New World monkey, Saimiri sciureus, of N South American forests, having a yellowish-green coat and orange feet and limbs
2.
red-backed squirrel monkey, a related species, Saimiri oerstedi, of Central America, having a reddish coat and dark brown limbs
Word Origin
C18: so called because it is small and tree-dwelling
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