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Any of various small- to medium-sized African monkeys primarily of the tribe Cercopithecini, being chiefly arboreal and having long hind legs, a long tail, and often a brightly colored face.
[French : from guen-, as in guenilles, filthy clothing, and earlier guenipe, dirty scrap of cloth (in reference to the guenon's tail, which trails like the train of a gown ), ultimately from French dialectal guener, to dirty, moisten; akin to French dialectal gasne, stagnant pool, slough, perhaps of Gaulish origin.]
(Animals) any slender agile Old World monkey of the genus Cercopithecus, inhabiting wooded regions of Africa and having long hind limbs and tail and long hair surrounding the face
[C19: from French, of unknown origin]
any long-tailed African monkey of the genus Cercopithecus, as the vervet.
[1830–40; < French (of uncertain orig.)]
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|Noun||1.||guenon - small slender African monkey having long hind limbs and tail and long hair around the face|
catarrhine, Old World monkey - of Africa or Arabia or Asia; having nonprehensile tails and nostrils close together
Cercopithecus talapoin, talapoin - smallest guenon monkey; of swampy central and west African forests
Cercopithecus aethiops, grivet - white and olive green East African monkey with long white tufts of hair beside the face
Cercopithecus aethiops pygerythrus, vervet, vervet monkey - South African monkey with black face and hands