A fanciful, often grotesque figurine in the Japanese or Chinese style rendered in a seated position.
(archaic) The Barbary ape.
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Origin of magot
- French from Old French magos a kind of monkey from Magog, Magos Magog, name of biblical land (Ezekiel 38–39) and tribe (Revelation 20:8–9), used as an emblem of ugliness in medieval romances
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition