American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A rhesus monkey.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A macaque, Macacus rhesus, one of the sacred monkeys of India. It is 18 inches long, the tail 6 or 8 inches, and mostly of a yellowish-brown color. It is a near relative of the common Javan macaque, M. cynomolgus, of the Malay bruh, M. nemestrinus, and of the bonnet-macaque or munga, M. sinicus, and in some respects, as length of tail and formation of the “bonnet,” holds an intermediate position between the extremes in this large and varied genus. The rhesus is widely distributed in India, both in the hill-country and on the plains, where it is known by the native name bunder. It runs into several varieties, which have received technical specific names, and is among the monkeys commonly seen in zoölogical gardens and menageries.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] In mammalogy, same as Macacus.
- n. [capitalized] In entomology, a genus of coleopterous insects.
- n. A macaque monkey native of southern and southeastern Asia; Macaca mulatta.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A monkey; the bhunder.
- n. of southern Asia; used in medical research
- Latin Rhēsus, a mythical king of Thrace, from Greek Rhēsos. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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