lan·​gur läŋ-ˈgu̇r How to pronounce langur (audio)
: any of several slender long-tailed Asian monkeys (subfamily Colobinae)

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Examples of langur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In another, the habitat of some langur monkeys was cut open. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 10 Feb. 2024 Live langurs were rented and put on duty when the Commonwealth Games were held in New Delhi in 2010, Reuters news agency reported. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 1 Sep. 2023 Life-size cutouts of angry langurs have popped up across the capital to dissuade smaller monkeys from wreaking havoc in public areas. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 8 Sep. 2023 Amit Dave / Reuters To protect public areas from rhesus monkeys, which are a nuisance and often attack people, officials have put up life-size cutouts of langurs, a bigger primate that the rhesus monkeys find intimidating. Mithil Aggarwal, NBC News, 8 Sep. 2023 In other monkey news, back in April, a baby Dusky langur found a new home at the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WWFT) rescue center after being abandoned by his family. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 24 Aug. 2023 Life-size cutouts of langur monkeys have been scattered among the half a million decorative plants placed across the city with the aim of scaring away their archenemy, rhesus monkeys that plague parts of the city. Karishma Mehrotra, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2023 Enter the langur – or at least, cardboard cutouts of langurs – and men trained to sound like the bigger primates. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 1 Sep. 2023 He is also connected to the langur monkeys’ cut enclosure, a police spokeswoman said, but Pin’s death is an unlinked mystery. Jamie Landers, Dallas News, 14 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


Hindi lãgūr & Urdu langūr

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of langur was in 1825

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“Langur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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