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Webster 1913 Edition


Macaco


Ma-ca′co

,
Noun.
[Cf. Pg.
macaco
.]
(Zool.)
Any one of several species of lemurs, as the ruffed lemur (
Lemur macaco
), and the ring-tailed lemur (
Lemur catta
).

Definition 2021


macaco

macaco

English

Noun

macaco (plural macacos)

  1. A macaque, or similar monkey.

Etymology 2

From French mococo, probably ultimately from Malagasy maka, maki (lemur).

Noun

macaco (plural macacos)

  1. (obsolete) Any of several species of lemurs.

Alternative forms


Italian

Noun

macaco m (plural macachi)

  1. macaque
  2. fool, dunce

Portuguese

Macaco

Etymology

Unknown. Generally thought to have been borrowed from a language of the Congo region. Specifically, it may derive from a word containing the prefix ma- or mu-, which indicates plurality, singularity or collectivity in several Bantu languages. Other suggested derivations include:

  • from a language of Madagascar;
  • from an American language:
    • from Galibi Carib macaca (simian), though it may have been loaned into Galibi from a language of African slaves;
    • from Old Tupi makaka (monkey);
  • from dialectal French macao (cat; monkey; long-tailed monkey), allegedly used in Normandy and Berry.

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Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ma.ˈka.kʊ/
  • (South Brazil) IPA(key): /ma.ˈka.ko/
  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /mɐ.ˈka.ku/
  • Hyphenation: ma‧ca‧co
  • Rhymes: -aku

Noun

macaco m (plural macacos)

  1. monkey, ape
  2. mechanical jack
  3. (derogatory) black

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Descendants

Derived terms

References

  1. 1955, Antenor Nascentes, Dicionário etimológico da língua portuguesa, 2nd print

Spanish

Etymology

From Portuguese macaco.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /maˈkako/

Noun

macaco m (plural macacos)

  1. macaque
  2. hobgoblin, bogeyman
  3. (South America, pejorative) Brazilian

Adjective

macaco m (feminine singular macaca, masculine plural macacos, feminine plural macacas)

  1. (slang) ugly, misshapen, deformed, squat