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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Examples of howler monkey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Share [Findings] Mantled howler monkeys howl for longer in the resource-rich interiors of forests than in areas impacted by human activity. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 25 Oct. 2023 Malu wanted to see sloth bears, the national symbol, and howler monkeys. Shoba Narayan, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Oct. 2023 Over the last several decades, its practitioners have constructed bridges for bears, tunnels for turtles, rope webs that allow howler monkeys to swing over highways without descending to the forest floor. Ben Goldfarb, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 Zookeepers at the Phoenix Zoo were in mourning as Olivia, a beloved black howler monkey, passed away this week at 26 years old. Abigail Celaya, The Arizona Republic, 9 Sep. 2023 The country is a haven for more than 500,000 species of animals, including scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, humpback whales, green iguanas, sea turtles, and sloths. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 6 July 2023 Also associated with the dawn was the howler monkey, whose hearty cry would greet the morning. Benjamin Lima, Dallas News, 2 June 2023 For example, the Community Baboon Sanctuary spans 20 miles and is home to over a thousand howler monkeys, birds and other mammals, including jaguars and manatees. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 Spy frogs, howler monkeys, hummingbirds, parrots and sloths. Laura Manske, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of howler monkey was in 1932

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“Howler monkey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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