Capuchin

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British pronunciation/kˈæpət‍ʃˌɪn/
American pronunciation/kˈæpətʃˌɪn/
Capuchin
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a type of primate known for its distinctive appearance, including a tuft of hair on its head

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What is a "capuchin"?

The capuchin is a medium-sized primate with a stocky build and a distinct appearance. It has a short, rounded head with a tuft of hair on top that resembles a "cap" or "hood", which gives it its name. Capuchins have a prehensile tail that they use for balance and maneuvering through the trees, and their hands and fingers are highly dexterous, allowing them to manipulate objects and forage for food. They have a fur coat that can vary in color, ranging from brown to black or white, depending on the species. Capuchins are known for their social behavior, complex problem-solving skills, and ability to use tools in the wild. They are found in various habitats across Central and South America, including tropical rainforests, savannas, and mangroves.

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a type of hood or hooded cloak, often made of wool or fur, that was popular in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries

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What is a "capuchin"?

A capuchin is a type of hooded cloak or long coat worn in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was often made of wool or velvet and featured a hood with a long, pointed tail at the back that was designed to be draped over the wearer's head like a cowl. The capuchin was typically worn by both men and women as a form of outerwear, and it was often decorated with intricate embroidery or trim. Over time, the capuchin evolved into different variations, including a shorter version that was known as the "short cloak" or "short cape." Despite its historical origins, the capuchin has occasionally made appearances in modern fashion, often in the form of costume pieces or theatrical garb.

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