woolly monkey

noun

Definition of woolly monkey

: either of two large monkeys (Lagothrix lagotricha and L. flavicauda) chiefly of the Amazon basin that have short woolly hair, long limbs, and a long prehensile tail

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1877, in the meaning defined above

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