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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Capuchin  \Cap`u*chin"\,  n.  [F.  capucin  a  monk  who  wears  a  cowl, 
  fr  It  cappuccio  hood.  See  {Capoch}.] 
  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. 
  A  bare-footed  and  long-bearded  capuchin.  --Sir  W. 
  2.  A  garment  for  women,  consisting  of  a  cloak  and  hood, 
  resembling,  or  supposed  to  resemble,  that  of  capuchin 
  3.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  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  {C.  fatuellus}  (the  brown 
  or  {horned  capucine}.),  {C.  albifrons}  (the 
  {cararara}),  and  {C.  apella}. 
  c  A  variety  of  the  domestic  pigeon  having  a  hoodlike 
  tuft  of  feathers  on  the  head  and  sides  of  the  neck. 
  {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.