colobus monkey


col·​o·​bus monkey ˈkä-lə-bəs- How to pronounce colobus monkey (audio)
: 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 Dallas Zoo’s black-and-white colobus monkey troop has grown by one after a surprise birth last month. Dallas News, 11 Feb. 2022 Here, the enchanted and biodiverse Nyungwe Forest National Park is home to 13 primate species, including the elusive chimpanzee and gregarious Angolan colobus monkey, both of which can be seen through walking safaris. Paul Rubio, Travel + Leisure, 28 Nov. 2021 One of chimps' favorite animals to prey on is the red colobus monkey. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 24 May 2011 Zoo visitors can see the new colobus monkey at the Primate Place, across from the Sumatran tiger habitat. Dallas News, 11 Feb. 2022 Previous studies had suggested that the red colobus monkey population in the park was declining, and that chimps might be to blame. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 24 May 2011 Colin Chapman — George Washington University, USA Wildlife conservationist studying long-term population dynamics of the red colobus monkey and other mammals of Kibale National Park in Uganda. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Oct. 2022 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

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of colobus monkey was in 1866

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“Colobus monkey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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