spider monkey

noun

Definition of spider monkey 

: any of a genus (Ateles) of New World monkeys with long slender limbs, the thumb absent or rudimentary, and a very long prehensile tail

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Future episodes feature a koala named Crikey and spider monkey named Pepe. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?," 7 June 2018 The havoc-wreaking gang consisted of three spider monkeys and two squirrel monkeys. Vincent Crampton, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Citrus County: Monkey Island, Homosassa River’s Alcatraz," 6 May 2018 This May, the team of astronomers and ecologists will look for orangutans in Malaysia and spider monkeys in Mexico before heading to Brazil to search for river dolphins. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "How Do You Protect Endangered Animals at Night? Ask an Astrophysicist.," 6 Apr. 2018 Albino orangutans are extremely rare, though there have been other instances of albino primates, like Snowflake the albino gorilla and a spider monkey in Honduras. National Geographic, "Extremely Rare Albino Orangutan Found in Indonesia," 18 May 2017 In 2013, Laska and colleagues tested the abilities of humans, mice and spider monkeys to detect urine odors found in common mouse predators. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "In Some Ways, Your Sense of Smell Is Actually Better Than a Dog’s," 22 May 2017 Unlike virtually every other primate, spider monkeys have no thumbs, which could snag on the branches. smithsonianmag.com, "Why Spider Monkeys Only Have Four Fingers," 29 Sep. 2017 The goal is to ultimately improve conservation by learning where and how certain key species—like jaguars, peccaries, spider monkeys, and more—live in the forest. National Geographic, "Exclusive: Jungle Puppies Captured on Film for the First Time," 13 Apr. 2017

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spider monkey

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spider monkey

: a monkey of Central and South America that has long, thin arms and legs and a very long tail

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