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Line breaks: ua¦kari
Pronunciation: /wəˈkɑːri

Definition of uakari in English:

noun (plural uakaris)

A short-tailed monkey with a long, coarse coat and a bare red, white, or black face, found in the Amazon rainforest.
  • Genus Cacajao, family Cebidae: two or three species
Example sentences
  • On a research visit to German zoos, he glimpsed his first uakari and saki monkeys, species indigenous to Brazil.
  • The black uakari is predominantly quadrupedal - walking, running and leaping with great frequency.
  • The sakis, bearded sakis, and uakaris belong to the subfamily Pitheciinae and all have long shaggy hair.


mid 19th century: from Tupi.

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