Definition of marmoset in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmärməˌset/
Pronunciation: /ˈmärməˌzet/


A small Central and South American monkey with a silky coat and a long nonprehensile tail.
  • Family Callitrichidae (or Callithricidae): genus Callithrix (three species), and the pygmy marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea).
Example sentences
  • Every year more than 10,000 non-human primates, including baboons, owl monkeys rhesus macaques and marmosets are transported by commercial airlines to research labs.
  • Rare uakari monkeys, marmosets and umbrella birds move through the lush canopy foraging for food.
  • Human cold sores, he said, can kill smaller monkeys like marmosets and tamarins.


Late Middle English (also in the sense 'grotesque figure'): from Old French marmouset 'grotesque image', of unknown ultimate origin.

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Syllabification: mar·mo·set

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