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,, "Cincinnati Zoo welcomes baby colobus monkey," 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, "These Otters and Orangutans in Belgium Are Best Friends — and the Photos Will Melt Your Heart," 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, "Animal Viruses Are Jumping to Humans. Forest Loss Makes It Easier.," 9 Apr. 2020 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

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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 29 Nov. 2020.

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