One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small forest-dwelling monkey of South America.
Genus Callicebus, family Cebidae: several species
- ‘And a few kilometres away, on the Pacific coast, American tourists sit in resorts, drinking cervezas and taking photos of the titi monkeys playing in a nearby tree.’
- ‘Robert Wallace, working for the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society, was surveying in Bolivia's Madidi national park five years ago when he found what he concluded was a previously unrecorded species of titi monkey.’
- ‘Voss played me an interview with a hunter that included the man's evocative imitations of the calls of titi monkeys.’
Mid 18th century: from Aymara.
A shrub or small tree with leathery leaves.
Family Cyrillaceae: three genera, especially Cyrilla and Cliftonia of the coastal southeastern US, each of which contains a single species: Cyrilla racemiflora (leatherwood) and Cliftonia monophylla (buckwheat tree or titi tree)
- ‘A human path through the swamp is carved with a machete, although the resulting trail often seems like a feeble attempt at penetrating the hidden blackwater ponds and the massive jungles of titi, smilax, gallberry, cypress, and gum.’
Early 19th century: perhaps of North American Indian origin.
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