colobine

noun

col·​o·​bine ˈkä-lə-bən How to pronounce colobine (audio)
-ˌbīn
variants or less commonly colobin
ˈkä-lə-bən
plural colobines also colobins
: colobus sense 2
often used before another noun
Sloths, colobine monkeys and some types of antelope have gut bacteria that are finely tuned to digest only a selective repertoire of leaves.Fiona Sunquist, International Wildlife, January–February 1991

Word History

Etymology

French, from New Latin Colobinae (subfamily of apes), from Colobus type genus + -inae

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“Colobine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colobine. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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