marmoset definition

  • noun:
    • any one of different small-clawed monkeys for the genera Callithrix and Cebuella, within exotic forests for the Americas and achieving smooth dense fur, tufted ears, and long tails.
    • Any one of numerous species of small South American monkeys of the genera Hapale and Midas, family Hapalidæ. They have long soft fur, and a hairy, nonprehensile tail. They are often kept as pets. Called also squirrel monkey.
    • only a little ape or monkey.
    • Now, specifically, a small squirrel-like South American monkey of the family Hapalidæ, or Mididæ (which see for technical characters).
    • An ugly little fellow; a conceited “puppy.”
    • tiny soft-furred South United states and Central United states monkey with claws in place of nails

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