[tam-uh-rin, -ran]
any South American marmoset of the genera Saguinus and Leontopithecus (Leontideus ), having silky fur and a nonprehensile tail: several species are threatened or endangered.

1735–45; < French < Carib

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tamarin (ˈtæmərɪn)
any of numerous small monkeys of the genera Saguinus (or Leontocebus) and Leontideus, of South and Central American forests; similar to the marmosets: family Callithricidae
[C18: via French from Galibi]

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Previously, the ability to distinguish one type of speech from another had been observed only in humans and tamarin monkeys.
The remaining patches are home to more than two dozen rare animals-including the golden lion tamarin.
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