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spider monkey

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I have examined specimens from the orang, the capuchin, and the spider monkey.

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  • I interfered on behalf of Pedro, and drove the spider monkey away.

    The Speech of Monkeys R. L. Garner
  • He owes his popular designation of the spider monkey to his long slender limbs and sprawling gestures.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • This she repeated several times, and it was the first time I had ever seen a spider monkey show any sign of resentment.

    The Speech of Monkeys R. L. Garner
British Dictionary definitions for spider monkey

spider monkey

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
Word Origin
C18: so called because its long limbs resemble the legs of a spider
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