Definition of tamarin in English:



  • A small forest-dwelling South American monkey of the marmoset family, typically brightly colored and with tufts and crests of hair around the face and neck.

    • ‘Among tamarins and spider monkeys, all males are dichromats - they can't perceive reds or greens.’
    • ‘An entire family works to care for new tamarins; in wild and captive monkeys, a group of five appears to be the ideal number of caretakers needed for healthy young.’
    • ‘The Wildlife Trust also works with black lion tamarins, but its work concentrates on improving and connecting isolated pockets of tamarin habitat in Brazil.’
    • ‘Trichromat tamarins, as it turned out, were 50 percent more adept at choosing the ripe fruit than their dichromat fellows.’
    • ‘Interestingly, marmoset and tamarin babies also babble.’
    • ‘The tamarin is the first primate bred in captivity with the goal of reintroducing it into the wild.’
    • ‘Other endangered primates now include lemurs in Madagascar, tamarins in Brazil, langurs in Vietnam, orang-utans in Sumatra, and gorillas and a variety of monkeys in Africa.’
    • ‘My field work has involved observations of the dietary behavior of various species of howler monkeys, spider monkeys, capuchins and tamarins as well as woolly spider monkeys.’
    • ‘Eleven of the tamarins and 14 marmosets had pregnant mates.’
    • ‘Threatened by habitat loss due to urban growth, agriculture, and cattle grazing, the pied tamarin also moves from Endangered to Critically Endangered.’
    • ‘The tamarins were fairly cooperative but still showed a healthy amount of self-interest: over repeated encounters with fellow monkeys, the typical tamarin pulled the lever about 40 percent of the time.’
    • ‘Human cold sores, he said, can kill smaller monkeys like marmosets and tamarins.’
    • ‘The scientists behind this study had previously attempted to discover if a monkey could learn to be altruistic by putting two tamarins in opposite cages and letting them figure out that they could only be fed if the other one pulled a lever.’
    • ‘The phylogeny of the eight monkeys is relatively well established, except for the interrelationships of the owl monkey, squirrel monkey, and tamarin.’
    • ‘In marmosets and tamarins - the little South American monkeys that are, besides us, the only full-fledged cooperative breeders among primates - a female has to be ready to be a helper this year and a mother the next.’
    • ‘For example, tamarins and marmosets, both New World monkeys, suffer high mortality in their early years; sensibly, then, they reach sexual maturity and begin reproducing at an early age.’
    • ‘They are only the third mammal type, after human beings and tamarin monkeys, to have been shown to possess this ability.’
    • ‘Only five percent of mammals are thought to be socially monogamous, including gibbons, jackals, and tamarins.’
    • ‘The birth marks the halfway point in the race to reach the target population of 2,000 tamarins on more than 60,000 protected acres by 2025.’
    • ‘In contrast, most New World primates, such as the tamarins and marmosets of South America, are dichromatic, having just blue-sensitive and green-sensitive opsins.’


Late 18th century: from French, from Galibi.