colobus

[kol-uh-buhs, kuh-loh-]
noun, plural colobuses, colobi [kol-uh-bahy, kuh-loh-bahy] .
any of several large, slender African monkeys of the genus Colobus, lacking thumbs and having long silky fur of black and white (C. polykomos ), black and reddish-brown (C. badius ), or olive (C. verus ): now dwindling.

Origin:
1811; < Neo-Latin, the genus name < Greek kolobós docked, maimed; so named from the mutilated appearance of the thumbless hands

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colobus (ˈkɒləbəs)
 
n
any leaf-eating arboreal Old World monkey of the genus Colobus, of W and central Africa, having a slender body, long silky fur, long tail, and reduced or absent thumbs
 
[C19: New Latin, from Greek kolobos cut short; referring to its thumb]

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They have also been seen engaging in grooming behavior with red colobus monkeys.
Colobus and mangabey monkeys eat mostly tropical fruit.
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