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Webster

English Word:

macaco


English Pronunciation:

ma•ca•co


Noun:


⇨Etymology

Confer (Portuguese) macaco.


⇨Definition

(Zoölogy) Any one of several species of lemurs, as the ruffed lemur (Lemur macaco), and the ring-tailed lemur ((Latin) catta).



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Wiktionary

Etymology:

Unknown. Generally thought to have been borrowed from a language of the Congo region. Specifically, it may derive from a word containing the prefix ma- or mu-, which indicates plurality, singularity or collectivity in several Bantu languages. Other suggested derivations include: from a language of Madagascar; from an American language: from Galibi Carib macaca (“simian”), though it may have been loaned into Galibi from a language of African slaves; from Old Tupi makaka (“monkey”); from dialectal French macao (“cat; monkey; long-tailed monkey”), allegedly used in Normandy and Berry.


Synonyms:

símio


Noun:

macaco (plural macacos) A macaque, or similar monkey.


Adjective:

Adjective macaco m (feminine macaca, masculine plural macacos, feminine plural macacas) (slang) ugly, misshapen, deformed, squat


Reference:

macaco

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