- 1A Buddhist monk or priest.More example sentences
- They were also amazed at the large numbers of monks, or talapoins in the curious parlance of the time; even today substantial numbers of males join the monkhood at least for a short period of time.
- Many of the priests (talapoins) sat upon the rafts and wharves before their temples.
- The most characteristic part of the Siamese social system is the position of the priesthood, commonly called the talapoins.
- 2A small West African monkey that lives in large groups near watercourses and in swamp forest.
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- Miopithecus talapoin, family Cercopithecidae
- Some species breed readily in captivity, as do rhesus; others, such as talapoins, are more difficult.
- Predators of talapoin monkeys include leopards, golden cats, genets, raptors, large snakes, and Nile monitors.
- This Pourquoi tale of the Mpongwe explains why talapoins live in trees.
late 16th century: from Portuguese talapão, from Mon tala pói, literally 'lord of merit', used as a respectful title for a Buddhist monk.
More definitions of talapoinDefinition of talapoin in:
- The US English dictionary