- 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.
Origin of spider monkey
Examples from the Web for spider monkey
Historical Examples of spider monkey
The tip of its tail, strange to say, is prehensile, just like that of a spider-monkey.
This species is the only Spider-Monkey certainly known to range as far north as Mexico.A Hand-book to the Primates, Volume 1 (of 2)
Henry O. Forbes
When a spider-monkey is shot as it sits in a tree, it always coils its tail round a branch at once.
Though there were some dissentient voices, the majority were in favour of the spider-monkey.The Three Lieutenants
To a howler, or spider-monkey, its long tail is a swing and a trapeze in its forest gymnasium.Concerning Animals and Other Matters
E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
- 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