Main definitions of titi in US English:

: titi1titi2

titi1

(also titi monkey)

noun

  • A small forest-dwelling monkey of South America.

    Genus Callicebus, family Cebidae: several species

    • ‘Voss played me an interview with a hunter that included the man's evocative imitations of the calls of titi monkeys.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Aymara.

Pronunciation

titi

/tēˈtē/

Main definitions of titi in US English:

: titi1titi2

titi2

noun

  • 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.’

Origin

Early 19th century: perhaps of North American Indian origin.

Pronunciation

titi

/ˈtīˌtī/