Colobus

noun Col·o·bus \ˈkä-lə-bəs\

Definition of Colobus

  1. 1 :  a genus of slender, long-tailed monkeys (family Cercopithecidae) of equatorial African forests and grasslands that have the thumb absent or vestigial and are black usually with white encircling the face and long white fringes of silky hair on the sides of the body and the tail

  2. 2 colobus or colobus monkey plural colobuses or colobi \ˈkä-lə-ˌbī, -ˌbē\ or colobus monkeys :  a monkey of the genus Colobus or a related genus (Procolobus or Piliocolobus) — see guereza, king colobus, red colobus

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Origin and Etymology of colobus

New Latin, from Greek kolobos docked, mutilated; from the rudimentary thumbs


First Known Use: 1866


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