Definition of talapoin in English:

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talapoin

Pronunciation: /ˈtaləˌpoin/

noun

A small West African monkey that lives in large groups near watercourses and in swamp forest.
  • Miopithecus talapoin, family Cercopithecidae.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: tal·a·poin

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