Definition of macaque in English:


Syllabification: ma·caque
Pronunciation: /məˈkäk, -ˈkak


(also macaque monkey)
A medium-sized, chiefly forest-dwelling Old World monkey that has a long face and cheek pouches for holding food.
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  • A lot more is known about cercopithecines, such as macaques, baboons and vervets, because many of them are ground-dwelling monkeys which are relatively easy to study.
  • Those species were chimpanzee, gorilla, orangutan, gibbon, macaque and owl monkey.
  • Primate species are gibbons, langurs, lorises and macaques.


late 17th century: via French and Portuguese; based on the Bantu morpheme ma (denoting a plural) + kaku 'monkey'.

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