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callitrichid

Syllabification: cal·li·tri·chid
Pronunciation: /ˌkaliˈtrikid, -ˈtrī-
 
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Definition of callitrichid in English:

noun

Zoology
A primate of a family (Callitrichidae or Callithricidae) that comprises the marmosets and tamarins.
Example sentences
  • It belongs to the family of callitrichids, which also encompasses the larger marmosets and the tamarins.
  • The callitrichids are distinct from the cebids in having claws on most digits other than the great toe
  • When people first started looking at social systems and mating systems, they thought callitrichids were monogamous.

Origin

late 18th century: from modern Latin Callitrichidae (plural), from Greek kallitrikhos 'beautiful-haired'.

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