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[tal-uh-poin] /ˈtæl əˌpɔɪn/
a small, yellowish guenon monkey, Micropithecus (Cercopithecus) talapoin, of western Africa.
Old Mon
1580-90; < French, special use (orig. jocular) of talapoin Buddhist monk < Mon tɔelaʔ pian (written tīla puin) Buddha, literally, the Lord of Merit (Old Mon tirlaaʾ lord + Pali puñña merit) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for talapoin


the smallest of the guenon monkeys, Cercopithecus talapoin, of swampy central W African forests, having olive-green fur and slightly webbed digits
(in Myanmar and Thailand)
  1. a Buddhist monk
  2. a title of respect used in addressing such a monk
Word Origin
C16: from French, literally: Buddhist monk, from Portuguese talapão, from Mon tala pōi our lord; originally jocular, from the appearance of the monkey
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Encyclopedia Article for talapoin

either of two small species of monkeys found in swamp forests on each side of the lower Congo River and neighbouring river systems. Talapoins are the smallest of the Old World monkeys, weighing less than 2 kg (4.4 pounds). M. talapoin, which lives south and east of the river in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa), has been known to science since the 18th century, whereas M. ogouensis, living north and west of the river in the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) and Gabon, was recognized as a distinct species in the 1990s. Both species have long tails and greenish upperparts, but the colour of their fur and several other parts of the body is different and varies among individuals.

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