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A monkey is any haplorhine primate not belonging to the family Tarsiidae, Hylobatidae, Pongidae, or Hominidae. This does not correspond to any taxon; it is divided into Old World monkeys (Cercopithecidae) and New World monkeys (Callitrichidae and Cebidae), but the catarrhines include the apes as well as the Old World monkeys.
The Monkey is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. It is thought that each animal is associated with certain personality traits.

See also: List of famous monkeys

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