col·​o·​bine | \ ˈkä-lə-bən How to pronounce colobine (audio) , -ˌbīn \
variants: or less commonly colobin \ ˈkä-​lə-​bən How to pronounce colobin (audio) \
plural colobines also colobins

Definition of colobine

: colobus sense 2 often used before another nounSloths, 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

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History and Etymology for colobine

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

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“Colobine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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