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[mang-guh-bey] /ˈmæŋ gəˌbeɪ/
noun, plural mangabeys.
any of several slender, long-tailed monkeys of the genus Cercocebus, inhabiting forests of Africa: some species are endangered.
1765-75; after Mangabey, a region in Madagascar Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for mangabey


any of several large agile arboreal Old World monkeys of the genus Cercocebus, of central Africa, having long limbs and tail and white upper eyelids
Word Origin
C18: after the name of a region in Madagascar
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Encyclopedia Article for mangabey

any of 11 species of slender, rather long-limbed monkeys found in African tropical forests. Mangabeys are fairly large quadrupedal monkeys with cheek pouches and deep depressions under the cheekbones. Species range in head and body length from about 40 to almost 90 cm (16-35 inches) and weigh up to about 11 kg (24 pounds) in males and 6 kg in females; the tail is about as long as the head and body. Mangabeys are highly social and generally quiet, and they feed on seeds, fruit, and leaves. Their large front teeth enable them to bite into fruit that is too tough-coated for other monkeys.

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