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Monkey \Mon"key\, n.; pl. Monkeys. [Cf. OIt. monicchio, It. monnino, dim. of monna an ape, also dame, mistress, contr. fr. madonna. See Madonna.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. In the most general sense, any one of the Quadrumana, including apes, baboons, and lemurs.

    2. Any species of Quadrumana, except the lemurs.

    3. Any one of numerous species of Quadrumana (esp. such as have a long tail and prehensile feet) exclusive of apes and baboons. Note: The monkeys are often divided into three groups:

      1. Catarrhines, or Simid[ae]. These have an oblong head, with the oblique flat nostrils near together. Some have no tail, as the apes. All these are natives of the Old World.

      2. Platyrhines, or Cebid[ae]. These have a round head, with a broad nasal septum, so that the nostrils are wide apart and directed downward. The tail is often prehensile, and the thumb is short and not opposable. These are natives of the New World.

      3. Strepsorhines, or Lemuroidea. These have a pointed head with curved nostrils. They are natives of Southern Asia, Africa, and Madagascar.

  2. A term of disapproval, ridicule, or contempt, as for a mischievous child.

    This is the monkey's own giving out; she is persuaded I will marry her.

  3. The weight or hammer of a pile driver, that is, a very heavy mass of iron, which, being raised on high, falls on the head of the pile, and drives it into the earth; the falling weight of a drop hammer used in forging.

  4. A small trading vessel of the sixteenth century. Monkey boat. (Naut.)

    1. A small boat used in docks.

    2. A half-decked boat used on the River Thames.

      Monkey block (Naut.), a small single block strapped with a swivel.
      --R. H. Dana, Jr.

      Monkey flower (Bot.), a plant of the genus Mimulus; -- so called from the appearance of its gaping corolla.

      Monkey gaff (Naut.), a light gaff attached to the topmast for the better display of signals at sea.

      Monkey jacket, a short closely fitting jacket, worn by sailors.

      Monkey rail (Naut.), a second and lighter rail raised about six inches above the quarter rail of a ship.

      Monkey shine, monkey trick. [Slang, U.S.]

      Monkey trick, a mischievous prank.

      Monkey wheel. See Gin block, under 5th Gin.


n. (plural of monkey English) vb. (en-third-person singular of: monkey)

Monkeys (Chair)

Monkeys (Chair) is a sculpture by the American artist Jeff Koons (112 x 23 x 26 in). It was made in 2002 within the framework of the Popeye Series and is now in possession of the Collection Uli Knecht.

Usage examples of "monkeys".

She removed the four dead monkeys from their cages, holding them by the backs of the arms, and loaded them into plastic biohazard bags.

She double-bagged the monkeys, spraying each bag with bleach, and then she loaded the bags into cardboard biohazard containers-hatboxes-and sprayed them to decon them.

People who knew him recalled that he was affectionate with wild monkeys, that he had a special way with them.

They heard a scuffle of monkeys feeding in the trees, a hum of insects, an occasional low huh-huh call of a monkey.

They were colobus monkeys, and sometimes one would come down from a tree and scuttle across the meadow near the tent, watching them with alert, intelligent eyes.

The virus came to Germany hidden somewhere in a series of air shipment of monkeys totaling five or six hundred animals.

Behring Works vaccine factory who fed the monkeys and washed their cages.

International health authorities were urgently concerned to find the exact source of the monkeys, in order to pin down where in nature the Marburg virus lived.

It seemed pretty clear that the Marburg virus did not naturally circulate in monkeys, because it killed them so fast it could not successfully establish itself in them as a useful host.

Jones was working at a temporary job inspecting monkeys at the export facility in Entebbe from which the sick Marburg monkeys had been shipped, while regular veterinary inspector was on leave.

When, a few weeks later, the monkeys started the outbreak in Germany, Mr.

The boss of the company was having the sick monkeys put in boxes and shipped out to a small island in Lake Victoria, where they were released.

With so many sick monkeys running around it, the island could have become a focus for monkey viruses.

Jones thinks it is possible that the Marburg agent had established itself on the hot island, and was circulating among the monkeys there, an that some of the monkeys which ended up in Germany had actually come from that island.

If it had been revealed that the monkey trader was shipped off suspect monkeys collected on a suspect island, he could have been put out of business, and Uganda would have lost a source of valuable foreign cash.