marmoset

marmoset "small monkey," late 14c., from O.Fr. marmoset "grotesque figurine; fool, jester" (late 13c.), perhaps a variant of marmote "long-tailed monkey, ape," then, as a term of endearment, "little child;" said to be from marmonner, marmotter "to mutter, mumble," probably of imitative origin. Some French authorities suggest a derivation of marmoset from marmor "marble," as if "little marble figurine."

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  • Marmoset — Mar mo*set (m[aum]r m[ o]*z[e^]t ; 277), n. [F. marmouset a grotesque figure, an ugly little boy, prob. fr. LL. marmoretum, fr. L. marmor marble. Perhaps confused with marmot. See {Marble}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small South… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Marmoset — Marmoset, s. Seidenaffe …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Marmoset — Marmoset, s. Uistiti …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • marmoset — ► NOUN ▪ a small tropical American monkey with a silky coat and a long tail. ORIGIN Old French marmouset grotesque image …   English terms dictionary

  • marmoset — [mär′mə zet΄, mär′məset΄] n. [ME < OFr marmouset, grotesque figure < ?: form prob. infl. by marmouser, to mumble, grumble, of echoic orig.] any of a family (Callithricidae) of very small New World monkeys of South and Central America, with… …   English World dictionary

  • Marmoset — This article is about the new world monkey. For other uses, see Marmoset (disambiguation). Marmosets[1][2] …   Wikipedia

  • marmoset — /mahr meuh zet , set /, n. any of several small, squirrellike, South and Central American monkeys of the genera Callithrix, Leontocebus, etc., having soft fur and a long, nonprehensile tail: some species are endangered. [1350 1400; ME marmusette… …   Universalium

  • Marmoset — Mar|mo|set der; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. marmoset, dies über mittelengl. marmusette, marmozette aus mittelfr. marmouset, marmoset »wunderliche, seltsame Figur«> ein Krallenaffe im tropischen Amerika …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • marmoset — UK [ˈmɑː(r)məzet] / US [ˈmɑrməˌset] noun [countable] Word forms marmoset : singular marmoset plural marmosets a type of small South American monkey …   English dictionary

  • marmoset — noun Etymology: Middle English marmusette kind of monkey, from Middle French marmoset grotesque figure, from marmouser to mumble, of imitative origin Date: 1679 any of numerous small soft furred South and Central American monkeys (family… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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