[kol-uh-buh s, kuh-loh-]
- any of several large, slender African monkeys of the genus Colobus, lacking thumbs and having long silky fur of black and white (C. polykomos), black and reddish-brown (C. badius), or olive (C. verus): now dwindling.
Origin of colobus
1811; < New Latin, the genus name < Greek kolobós docked, maimed; so named from the mutilated appearance of the thumbless hands
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Examples from the Web for colobus
But his hair contradicts this—being straight as needles, and black as the skin of a Colobus monkey.The Flag of Distress
The first with which we shall deal is Colobus, containing the Monkeys known as Guerezas.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
Fifty feet down the colobus seized a limb and went skipping away through the branches as lively as ever.
We took about twenty boys into the jungle with us, and as soon as we caught sight of a colobus we chased him madly.
For gaudily marked beasts the colobus were extraordinarily difficult to see.
- any leaf-eating arboreal Old World monkey of the genus Colobus, of W and central Africa, having a slender body, long silky fur, long tail, and reduced or absent thumbs
C19: New Latin, from Greek kolobos cut short; referring to its thumb