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titi1

[tee-tee] /tiˈti/
noun, plural titis.
1.
any of various small reddish or grayish monkeys of the genus Callicebus, of South America.
Origin of titi1
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism; < American Spanish

titi2

[tee-tee, tahy-tahy] /ˈti ti, ˈtaɪ taɪ/
noun, plural titis.
1.
a shrub or small tree of the southern U.S., Cliftonia monophylla (black titi) having glossy leaves and elongated clusters of fragrant white flowers.
Origin
1820-30; origin uncertain
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  • During the night Piatte and titi were marched into the place.

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  • She was titi's charger, and he alone was able to manage her, so I sent a trooper to call him to help me.

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  • He was in full uniform, and proceeded to take off his tunic, an example which was followed by titi.

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  • When titi went to release him the lad only offered one franc.

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  • Taema and titi were the names of two household gods in a family at the east end of the group.

  • I must tell you titi and I had taken off our swords and put them in a corner when we came in.

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  • It was a beautiful little creature—a true saïmiri, or squirrel-monkey, called the “titi.”

  • I then went to wake up titi; he took off my clothes and laid me on my bed.

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British Dictionary definitions for titi

titi1

/ˈtiːtiː/
noun (pl) -tis
1.
any of several small omnivorous New World monkeys of the genus Callicebus, of South America, having long beautifully coloured fur and a long nonprehensile tail
Word Origin
via Spanish from Aymaran, literally: little cat

titi2

/ˈtiːtiː/
noun (pl) -tis
1.
any of various evergreen shrubs or small trees of the family Cyrillaceae of the southern US, esp the leatherwood and Cliftonia monophylla, which has white or pinkish fragrant flowers
Word Origin
C19: of American Indian origin

titi3

/ˈtiːtiː/
noun (pl) titi
1.
(NZ) the sooty shearwater, Puffinus griseus See muttonbird (sense 1)
Word Origin
Māori, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for titi

1832, from native name in Tupi.

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