spider monkey


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

Examples of spider monkey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Theron voices a spider monkey leading the boy on his quest to take on his mother’s sisters and evil grandfather Raiden the Moon King. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Charlize Theron’s 10 best movies ranked," 7 Aug. 2020 Here, there is a Brachiation Station at which kids can grab on swing from limb-to-limb, like spider monkeys and primates. Roxanne Washington, cleveland, "Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Rainforest Adventure opens Saturday," 7 Mar. 2020 Extending from tropical forests and marshes to coral reefs along the coast, the reserve counts sea turtles, crocodiles, jaguars, spider monkeys, manatees, nurse sharks, and flamingos as resident fauna. George W. Stone, National Geographic, "Dinosaurs to gladiators: 10 World Heritage trips for families," 16 Aug. 2019 Scientists in South and Central America are already using Rainforest Connection’s audio data to track endangered parrots and spider monkeys. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Using Old Cellphones to Listen for Illegal Loggers," 20 Oct. 2019 In the evenings, relax in a hammock and scan the treetops for howler and spider monkeys, or practice your nighttime photography skills with your friends. National Geographic, "Costa Rica Middle School Expedition," 10 Sep. 2019 By the next summer, another attraction was added at the park – a habitat filled with eight spider monkeys. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, "Antique kiddie train has charmed Alabamians since 1955," 5 Sep. 2019 The zoo recently added toucans, a spider monkey and the popular red pandas. USA TODAY, "Tubing, Hemingway, great white sharks: News from around our 50 states," 21 July 2019 From the spider monkeys to the chill pool for the polar bears, Como Zoo features the creatures. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "It’s not over yet! 19 things to do in summer 2019," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of spider monkey

1764, in the meaning defined above

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“Spider monkey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spider%20monkey. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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