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Any of a diverse group of monkeys of the genus Macaca of Asia, Gibraltar, and northern Africa, and including the Barbary ape and the rhesus monkey.
[French, from Portuguese macaco, of Bantu origin; akin to Kongo makako, monkeys : ma-, pl. n. pref. + -kako, monkey.]
(Animals) any of various Old World monkeys of the genus Macaca, inhabiting wooded or rocky regions of Asia and Africa. Typically the tail is short or absent and cheek pouches are present
[C17: from French, from Portuguese macaco, from Fiot (a W African language) makaku, from kaku monkey]
any monkey of the genus Macaca, chiefly of Asia, characterized by cheek pouches and usu. a short tail.
[1690–1700; < French < Portuguese macaco monkey]
macaque- Based on Bantu kaku, "monkey," and ma, denoting a plural, translating to "some monkeys."
See also related terms for monkeys.
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|Noun||1.||macaque - short-tailed monkey of rocky regions of Asia and Africa|
catarrhine, Old World monkey - of Africa or Arabia or Asia; having nonprehensile tails and nostrils close together
bonnet macaque, bonnet monkey, capped macaque, crown monkey, Macaca radiata - Indian macaque with a bonnet-like tuft of hair
Barbary ape, Macaca sylvana - tailless macaque of rocky cliffs and forests of northwestern Africa and Gibraltar