colobus

[ kol-uh-buhs, kuh-loh- ]

noun,plural col·o·bus·es, col·o·bi [kol-uh-bahy, kuh-loh-bahy]. /ˈkɒl əˌbaɪ, kəˈloʊ baɪ/.
  1. 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

1
1811; <New Latin, the genus name <Greek kolobós docked, maimed; so named from the mutilated appearance of the thumbless hands

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colobus

/ (ˈkɒləbəs) /


noun
  1. 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

Origin of colobus

1
C19: New Latin, from Greek kolobos cut short; referring to its thumb

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