Definition of talapoin in English:

talapoin

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Pronunciation: /ˈtaləpɔɪn
 
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noun

  • 1A Buddhist monk or priest.
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    • 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.
    • Miopithecus talapoin, family Cercopithecidae
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    • 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.

Origin

late 16th century: from Portuguese talapão, from Mon tala pói, literally 'lord of merit', used as a respectful title for a Buddhist monk.

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