lan·​gur | \ läŋ-ˈgu̇r How to pronounce langur (audio) \

Definition of langur

: any of several slender long-tailed Asian monkeys (subfamily Colobinae)

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Recent Examples on the Web In the early 20th century, British zoologist Guy C. Shortridge collected thousands of specimens, including a 1913 Trachypithecus specimen that the Popa langur team re-examined. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Scientists discover new endangered primate species, with only 260 left," 10 Nov. 2020 Not in the flashy way of, say, the Spix’s macaw (which is believed to be extinct in the wild) or the Gee’s golden langur (which is endangered). Elizabeth Kolbert, National Geographic, "What we lose when animals go extinct," 25 Sep. 2019 No one was around me except for a bleating goat, a black-faced langur monkey hanging by its tail on the Neem tree and perhaps an uninterested peacock. Dr. Monita Soni, al, "A lunch to remember," 2 Oct. 2019 Light gray langurs hovered on the roadsides, vanishing into the forest as soon as a human appeared. Lawrence Osborne, Town & Country, "Why Everyone Is Traveling to Bhutan," 30 Mar. 2015 Here’s to hoping the Iberian Lynx and purple-faced langur are able to overcome their existential threat and embrace a sustainable, bright future. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "This happened to the Yangtze River dolphin; could it happen to you?," 1 Apr. 2018 Video shows the boy at about a year old poking and prodding a group of gray langurs, a small species of old world monkey that has a large population in this region. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Can Monkeys Befriend People? Experts Weigh In.," 4 Dec. 2017 Fish for the penguins could be supplied from the zoo’s freezers, and leaves for the langurs (a genus of large Old World monkeys found throughout Southeast Asia) could be sourced locally. Jason Bittel, Smithsonian, "When Disaster Strikes, the Zoo Must Go On," 11 Sep. 2017 Bats, bull sharks, lions and langurs are getting roped into the quest to create live television events. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "National Geographic’s Live TV Spectacle," 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of langur

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for langur

Hindi lãgūr & Urdu langūr

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“Langur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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