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colobus

[kol-uh-buh s, kuh-loh-] /ˈkɒl ə bəs, kəˈloʊ-/
noun, plural colobuses, colobi
[kol-uh-bahy, kuh-loh-bahy] /ˈkɒl əˌbaɪ, kəˈloʊ baɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
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
1811; < Neo-Latin, the genus name < Greek kolobós docked, maimed; so named from the mutilated appearance of the thumbless hands
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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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colobus

/ˈkɒləbəs/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Greek kolobos cut short; referring to its thumb
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