EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural col·o·bus·es, col·o·bi . [ kol- uh-bahy, k uh- loh-bahy] /ˈkɒl əˌbaɪ, kəˈloʊ baɪ/ 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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But his hair contradicts this—being straight as needles, and black as the skin of a
The first with which we shall deal is
Colobus, containing the Monkeys known as Guerezas.
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. British Dictionary definitions for colobus noun 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 Word Origin for colobus
C19: New Latin, from Greek
kolobos cut short; referring to its thumb
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