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

Examples of colobus monkey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden welcomed a tiny guereza colobus monkey Friday morning. Briana Rice,, 2 June 2020 In addition, the zoo lets gorillas live with colobus monkeys, seals with penguins, zebras with buffalo, and more, Insider reported. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 10 Apr. 2020 Among the human-primate contacts recorded: A boy digging in his family’s garden was bitten by a black-and-white colobus monkey. Catrin Einhorn, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2020 On that occasion the prey was a red colobus monkey. National Geographic, 17 Apr. 2019 Also this month, the zoo also welcomed a male baby giraffe and a black-and-white colobus monkey. USA TODAY, 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, 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, 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,, 15 Dec. 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 30 Nov. 2021.

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