- any of several purple-faced langurs, of Sri Lanka.
- a macaque, Macacus silenus, of southern India, having its face surrounded by long hair.
Origin of wanderoo
1675–85; < Sinhalese wanduru (plural) < Sanskrit vānara monkey
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Examples from the Web for wanderoo
The docility of the Wanderoo often vanishes together with its youth.
The Wanderoo is too grave and melancholy to be trained to these drolleries.Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon
J. Emerson Tennent
And, in point of fact, in the island there are no less than four animals, each of which is entitled to the name of "wanderoo."
Another reason for conjecturing that the Wanderoo would have been one of the animals sent to grace the palace of Solomon is this.
I am induced to believe that the Wanderoo must have been one of the monkeys which were brought to Solomon, for two reasons.
- a macaque monkey, Macaca silenus, of India and Sri Lanka, having black fur with a ruff of long greyish fur on each side of the face
C17: from Sinhalese vanduru monkeys, literally: forest-dwellers, from Sanskrit vānara monkey, from vana forest