- any of several tropical American monkeys of the genus Ateles, having a slender body, long, slender limbs, and a long, prehensile tail: some are endangered.
Origin of spider monkey
First recorded in 1755–65
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Examples from the Web for spider monkey
The tip of its tail, strange to say, is prehensile, just like that of a spider-monkey.
This species is the only Spider-Monkey certainly known to range as far north as Mexico.A Hand-book to the Primates, Volume 1 (of 2)
Henry O. Forbes
When a spider-monkey is shot as it sits in a tree, it always coils its tail round a branch at once.
Though there were some dissentient voices, the majority were in favour of the spider-monkey.The Three Lieutenants
To a howler, or spider-monkey, its long tail is a swing and a trapeze in its forest gymnasium.Concerning Animals and Other Matters
E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
- any of several arboreal New World monkeys of the genus Ateles, of Central and South America, having very long legs, a long prehensile tail, and a small head
- woolly spider monkey a rare related monkey, Brachyteles arachnoides, of SE Brazil
C18: so called because its long limbs resemble the legs of a spider
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