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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 54 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SAKI, the native name of a group of tropical American monkeys nearly allied to those known as uakaris (see UAKARI), with which they agree in the forward inclination of the lower incisor teeth, the depth of the hinder part of the lower jaw, and the non-prehensile tail. The sakis, -which form the genus Pithecia, are specially characterized by their long and generally bushy tails, distinct whiskers and beard, and the usually elongated hair on the crown of the head, which may either radiate from a point in the centre, or be divided by a median parting. They are very delicate animals, difficult to keep in confinement, and in that state exhibiting a gentle disposition, and being normally silent (see PRIMATES). SAKURA-JIMA, a Japanese island, oval in shape and measuring 7 m.by 5 m., lying in the northern part of the Bay of Kagoshima (31° 4o' N., 13o° 35' E.). It has a volcano 3743 ft. high (of which an eruption was recorded in 1779), and is celebrated for its hot springs, its oranges and its giant radishes (daikon), which some-times weigh as much as 70 lb.
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