Definition of tamarin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtam(ə)rən/


A small forest-dwelling South American monkey of the marmoset family, typically brightly colored and with tufts and crests of hair around the face and neck.
  • Genera Saguinus and Leontopithecus, family Callitrichidae (or Callithricidae): several species.
Example sentences
  • In marmosets and tamarins - the little South American monkeys that are, besides us, the only full-fledged cooperative breeders among primates - a female has to be ready to be a helper this year and a mother the next.
  • Human cold sores, he said, can kill smaller monkeys like marmosets and tamarins.
  • Among tamarins and spider monkeys, all males are dichromats - they can't perceive reds or greens.


Late 18th century: from French, from Galibi.

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Syllabification: tam·a·rin

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