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talapoin

[tal-uh-poin] /ˈtæl əˌpɔɪn/
noun
1.
a small, yellowish guenon monkey, Micropithecus (Cercopithecus) talapoin, of western Africa.
Origin of talapoin
Mon
Old Mon
1580-1590
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)
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talapoin

/ˈtæləˌpɔɪn/
noun
1.
the smallest of the guenon monkeys, Cercopithecus talapoin, of swampy central W African forests, having olive-green fur and slightly webbed digits
2.
(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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