colobus monkey

col·​o·​bus monkey | \ ˈkä-lə-bəs- How to pronounce colobus monkey (audio) \

Definition of colobus monkey

: any of various slender, long-tailed monkeys (genus Colobus and related genera) 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

called also colobus

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Recent Examples on the Web On that occasion the prey was a red colobus monkey. National Geographic, "Jane Goodall’s original tale of chimpanzees still astonishes today," 17 Apr. 2019 Also this month, the zoo also welcomed a male baby giraffe and a black-and-white colobus monkey. USA TODAY, "‘Lorax’ tree legend, butter Elmo, meth squirrel: News from around our 50 states," 19 June 2019 Stop in the Jozani Forest, part of Zanzibar’s only national park, for a chance to see Zanzibar red colobus monkeys, a rare species indigenous to the islands. National Geographic, "Africa by Private Jet," 12 June 2019 Red colobus monkeys on the island of Zanzibar, for instance, have been observed eating charcoal to counteract toxic substances in their diets. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Why This Elephant in India Is Blowing Smoke," 26 Mar. 2018 The park is home to 70 mammal species, from bush pigs and forest antelopes to red colobus monkeys and a dozen other species of primates. Mark Johnson,, "The hunt for a future killer," 15 Dec. 2017 Black-and-white colobus monkeys leapt from branches of fig trees. Andrew Mccarthy, New York Times, "Up Close With the Tribes of Ethiopia’s Imperiled Omo Valley," 30 Oct. 2017 Outside the temporary huts were poles hung with leopard skin cloaks and ostrich plume hats for men, and colobus monkey capes for women. Andrew Mccarthy, New York Times, "Up Close With the Tribes of Ethiopia’s Imperiled Omo Valley," 30 Oct. 2017 In a grove of magnificent Acacia sieberiana—flat-topped, bowl-shaped, with tiers of vegetation on wavy branches, like a Chinese painting—sat a lone black-and-white colobus monkey. Alex Shoumatoff, Smithsonian, "To Save Giraffes, We May Need to Put Our Necks Out," 29 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of colobus monkey

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colobus monkey

New Latin colobus, from Greek kolobos docked, mutilated, from kolos docked; probably akin to Greek klan to break — more at clast

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The first known use of colobus monkey was in 1866

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“Colobus monkey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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