How are Capuchin Monkeys and Cappuccino named after the Capuchin Monks in Italy?

Capuchin monkeys do indeed have something in common with Cappuccino, the coffee drink, and it has to do with the origin of their names.

Both were reportedly named after the distinctive robe and cowl worn by Capuchin monks who originated in Rome, Italy.

The cappuccino coffee drink was named because it’s the same distinctive color, and the monkey because the dark brown hair on top of its head looks like a monk’s hood.

You may have seen capuchins in monkey suits, although you may have missed the tell-tale head markings, since they were wearing a hat.

Capuchin monkeys are the ones used by organ grinders to collect coins from passersby.

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