Definition of tamarin in English:

tamarin

Syllabification: tam·a·rin
Pronunciation: /ˈtamərin, -ˌran
 
/

noun

  • 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
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    • 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.

Origin

late 18th century: from French, from Galibi.

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