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noun
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.
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Origin of spider monkey

First recorded in 1755–65
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British Dictionary definitions for spider monkey

spider monkey

noun
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 for spider monkey

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