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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See capuchin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several species of South American monkeys of the genus Cebus, with long prehensile tails.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several species of South American monkeys of the genus Cebus, having long and prehensile tails. Some of the species are called also capuchins. The bonnet sapajou (C. subcristatus), the golden-handed sapajou (C. chrysopus), and the white-throated sapajou (C. hypoleucus) are well known species. See capuchin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sajou, or sai with a prehensile tail; some species of Ateles or Cebus; especially, a spider-monkey or a capuchin. See cut under spider-monkey.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL. (Lacépède).] The genus of spider-monkeys: same as Ateles.

Etymologies

French, of Tupian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French sapajou, sajou, Brazilian sajuassu. (Wiktionary)

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