Magot

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Magot (Zoöl) The Barbary ape.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n magot A Middle English form of maggot.
    • n magot The Barbary ape, Inuus ecaudatus, which has a small tubercle in place of a tail. It is naturalized on the rock of Gibraltar, and is remarkable for docility and attachment to its young. See cut under ape.
    • n magot A small grotesque figure; especially, one of the crouching or cross-legged figures common in Chinese or other Oriental art as knobs on the covers of large vases, and in similar uses.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Magot mag′ot the Barbary ape, the only species of monkey existing in Europe: a small grotesque figure, crouching on the covers of vases; &c.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

Her rooms were crowded with hideous China magots, and all sorts of objects of VERTU.
"Barry Lyndon" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Cuvier applies this term to the Magots or rudimentary-tailed Macaques.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
What was the other thing, Magot?
"Earl Hubert's Daughter" by Emily Sarah Holt
These begin a little west of Guardiana Bay, with a chain of "magotes" known as the "Pena Blanca," composed of tertiary limestone.
"The History of Cuba, vol. 1" by Willis Fletcher Johnson
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In news:

PARIS — The black-jacketed waiter at chic Les Deux Magots cafe plunks down the bill for a small glass of Coke.
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