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noun, plural man·ga·beys.
  1. any of several slender, long-tailed monkeys of the genus Cercocebus, inhabiting forests of Africa: some species are endangered.
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Origin of mangabey

First recorded in 1765–75; after Mangabey, a region in Madagascar
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Examples from the Web for mangabey

Historical Examples

  • Only four kinds of mangabey are known, and they are all found in Western Africa.

    The Animal World, A Book of Natural History

    Theodore Wood

  • The mangabey has pouches on each side of his cheeks, and callosities on his posteriors.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10)

    Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

British Dictionary definitions for mangabey


  1. any of several large agile arboreal Old World monkeys of the genus Cercocebus, of central Africa, having long limbs and tail and white upper eyelids
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Word Origin

C18: after the name of a region in Madagascar
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