blue monkey


Definition of blue monkey

  1. :  a guenon monkey (Cercopithecus mitus) chiefly inhabiting forests of central and eastern Africa and having thick, typically grayish-blue to black fur with white on the throat and belly In my fieldwork on blue monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis), my colleagues and I have witnessed fierce encounters of that kind every month or so, while less dramatic confrontations, such as a couple of animals growling at their neighbors, occur every day or two. — Marina Cords, Natural History, September 2008 The blue monkey can be distinguished from other South African monkeys by its more arboreal behaviour and retiring nature, and its cryptic but rather beautiful coat—dark grey-blue with flecks of orange-brown on the back, and a white belly. — DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: South Africa, 2011

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!


First Known Use of blue monkey


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up blue monkey? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to cast off or become cast off

Get Word of the Day daily email!