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.
The _mot_ is pretty well known: "_Annoncez le sapajou de Madame la Comtesse Dubarry_," said a great lord of the court of Louis
The horned capucin, or sapajou (Cebus fatuellus), is remarkable for two points of hair which stand out from the forehead, and give it the appearance of having horns.
To put a wild sapajou monkey, -- weak, timid and afraid, -- in a strange and formidable prison box filled with strange machinery, and call upon it to learn or to invent strange mechanical processes, is like bringing a boy of ten years up to a four-cylinder duplex Hoe printing-and-folding press, and saying to him: "Now, go ahead and find out how to run this machine, and print both sides of a signature upon it."
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