Macaque definition

mə-kăk, -käk
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Any of a diverse group of monkeys of the genus Macaca of Asia, Gibraltar, and northern Africa, and including the Barbary ape and the rhesus monkey.
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Any of a genus (Macaca) of monkeys of Asia, Africa, and the East Indies, with a long or short tail that is not prehensile, including the rhesus monkey and Barbary ape.
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Any of a diverse group of monkeys of the genus Macaca of Asia, Gibraltar, and northern Africa, and including the Barbary ape and the rhesus monkey.
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Any of a group of Old World monkeys of the genus Macaca.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
macaque
Plural:
macaques

Origin of macaque

  • French from Portuguese macaco of Bantu origin Kongo makako monkeys ma- pl. n. pref. -kako monkey

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French macaque, from Portuguese macaco, of uncertain origin (see macaco for more).

    From Wiktionary