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

  • n. See Barbary ape.
  • n. A fanciful, often grotesque figurine in the Japanese or Chinese style rendered in a crouching position.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The Barbary ape.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Barbary ape.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Middle English form of maggot.
  • n. The Barbary ape, Inuus ecaudatus, which has a small tubercle in place of a tail.
  • n. A small grotesque figure; especially, one of the crouching or cross-legged figures common in Chinese or other Oriental art as knobs on the covers of large vases, and in similar uses.


French, from Old French magos, a kind of monkey, from Magog, Magos, Magog, name of biblical land (Ezekiel 38-39) and tribe (Revelation 20:8-9), used as an emblem of ugliness in medieval romances.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French (Wiktionary)



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