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 for capuchin
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Capuchin \Cap`u*chin"\, n. [F. capucin a monk who wears a cowl,
     fr. It. cappuccio hood. See Capoch.]
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     1. (Eccl.) A Franciscan monk of the austere branch
        established in 1526 by Matteo di Baschi, distinguished by
        wearing the long pointed cowl or capoch of St. Francis.
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              A bare-footed and long-bearded capuchin. --Sir W.
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     2. A garment for women, consisting of a cloak and hood,
        resembling, or supposed to resemble, that of capuchin
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     3. (Zool.)
        (a) A long-tailed South American monkey ({Cabus
            capucinus), having the forehead naked and wrinkled,
            with the hair on the crown reflexed and resembling a
            monk's cowl, the rest being of a grayish white; --
            called also capucine monkey, weeper, sajou,
            sapajou, and sai.
        (b) Other species of Cabus, as Cabus fatuellus (the
            brown capucine or horned capucine.), Cabus
            albifrons (the cararara), and Cabus apella.
        (c) A variety of the domestic pigeon having a hoodlike
            tuft of feathers on the head and sides of the neck.
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     Capuchin nun, one of an austere order of Franciscan nuns
        which came under Capuchin rule in 1538. The order had
        recently been founded by Maria Longa.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a hooded cloak for women
      2: monkey of Central America and South America having thick hair
         on the head that resembles a monk's cowl [syn: capuchin,
         ringtail, Cebus capucinus]

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