howler monkey

noun

Definition of howler monkey

: any of a genus (Alouatta) of South and Central American monkeys that have a long prehensile tail and enlargement of the hyoid bone and expansion of the larynx enabling them to make loud howling noises

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Recent Examples on the Web Crickets commence their chorus as the howler monkeys hush for the night. Amber Dance, Scientific American, "Animals Use Brain Tricks to See in the Dark," 12 May 2019 The cries of howler monkeys emanated in the distance, where stone structures evoking the old Indiana Jones movies were draped with jungle vegetation. Washington Post, "Back to Chiapas 25 years after covering rebel uprising," 27 Aug. 2019 But both offer incredible biodiversity: A visit to this UNESCO World Heritage site will likely include howler monkey, sloth, jaguar, caiman, and peccary spottings. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "UNESCO's Newest World Heritage Sites, in Photos," 11 July 2019 Families of howler monkeys pack into the small, forested islands that occasionally pop out of the marsh. NBC News, "Jaguar reintroduction plan in Argentina represents rare good news story for big cats," 21 July 2019 Outings start early—4:30 in the morning, just as the howler monkeys are starting their racket, like a chorus of blowtorches from on high. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 The zoo is celebrating Calliope's birth and the howler monkey family as a step forward in conservation efforts. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, NOLA.com, "Audubon Zoo welcomes a new baby howler monkey," 12 Mar. 2018 In one entrancing swath of forest, towering ceiba trees loom and hooting howler monkeys leap from branch to branch in the understory. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Colombian scientists race to study once-forbidden territory before it is lost to development—or new conflict," 26 Apr. 2018 The only sounds at La Casa de Campana were natural ones: the trilling of cicadas, songs of wild birds, and an occasional round of portentous roaring from a group of howler monkeys somewhere in the nearby forest. Jon Lee Anderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Stepping Beyond Cartagena: Exploring Colombia's Northern Reaches," 21 Mar. 2018

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2019

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“Howler monkey.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/howler%20monkey. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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