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titi

Noun

1 tree of low-lying coastal areas of southeastern United States having glossy leaves and racemes of fragrant white flowers [syn: buckwheat tree, Cliftonia monophylla]
2 deciduous shrubby tree of eastern North America having deeply fissured bark and sprays of small fragrant white flowers and sour-tasting leaves [syn: sorrel tree, sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum]
3 small South American monkeys with long beautiful fur and long nonprehensile tail [syn: titi monkey]

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English

Etymology

From Tupi.

Pronunciation

/ˈtiːtiː/

Noun

  1. A New World monkey of the genus Callicebus, native to South America, distinguished by their long soft fur.

Filipino

Noun

titi, p mga titi
  1. penis, the organ of the male reproductive system. Also called burat.

Guaraní

Noun

titi

Extensive Definition

The titis, or titi monkeys, are the New World monkeys of the genus Callicebus. They are the only extant members of the Callicebinae subfamily, which also contains the extinct genera Xenothrix, Antillothrix, Paralouatta, Carlocebus, Homunculus, Lagonimico and possibly also Tremacebus.
Titis live in South America, from Colombia to Brazil, Peru and north Paraguay.
Depending on species, titis have a head and body length of 23-46 cm (9-18 in), and a tail, which is longer than the head and body, of 26-56 cm (10-22 in).
Titis are monogamous, mating for life. The female bears a single young after about a five-month gestation. Twins occur rarely, having been documented in only 1.4% of all births in captive groups of C. moloch. While the second infant usually does not survive, cases where neighbouring groups have adopted infants are known, suggesting that twins may be reared successfully under certain circumstances. Often it is the father who cares for the young, carrying it and bringing it to the mother only for nursing. The young are weaned after 5 months and are fully grown after two years. After three or more years, they leave their family group in order to find a mate. While the life expectancy of most species is unclear, the members of the subgenus Torquatus may live for up to 12 years in the wild, while members of the C. moloch group have been known to live for more than 25 years in captivity. The classification presented here is therefore very different from the classifications used twenty years ago. The naming rights to a recently discovered species, based on appearance part of the C. cupreus group, were auctioned off (with the funds going to a nonprofit organization), and the winner was the online casino GoldenPalace.com, as reflected in both the common and scientific name of C. aureipalatii. While this typically is a highly unusual event in scientific classification, the possibility of naming a species of titi in exchange for a sizable donation to a nonprofit foundation was also presented a few years before, resulting in C. bernhardi being named after Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.

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titi in German: Springaffen
titi in Basque: Titi (animalia)
titi in French: Callicebinae
titi in Italian: Callicebus
titi in Hebrew: טיטי
titi in Hungarian: Kabócamajmok
titi in Dutch: Springaapjes
titi in Portuguese: Titi
titi in Swedish: Springapor
titi in Chinese: 伶猴屬
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