spider monkey

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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.

Nearby words

  1. spider crab,
  2. spider fly,
  3. spider hole,
  4. spider lily,
  5. spider mite,
  6. spider nevus,
  7. spider orchid,
  8. spider phaeton,
  9. spider plant,
  10. spider telangiectasia

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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