colobus monkey

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noun col·o·bus monkey \ˈkä-lə-bəs-\

Definition of colobus monkey

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of colobus monkey

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


First Known Use: 1866


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