cap·u·chin (kăpyə-chĭn, -shĭn, kə-py-)
1. Capuchin A monk belonging to the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, an independent order of Franciscans founded in Italy in 1525-1528 and dedicated to preaching and missionary work.
2. A hooded cloak worn by women.
3. Any of several monkeys of the genus Cebus of Central and South America, having a prehensile tail and often a black or brown cap of hair on top of the head. Also called sapajou.
[Obsolete French, from Italian cappuccino, pointed cowl, Capuchin, from cappuccio, hood; see CAPUCHE.]
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