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(Animals) 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]


(ˈkɒl ə bəs, kəˈloʊ-)

n., pl. -bus•es, -bi (-ˌbaɪ, -baɪ)
any of several large, slender African monkeys of the genus Colobus, lacking thumbs.
[1811; < New Latin < Greek kolobós docked, maimed; so named from the mutilated appearance of the thumbless hands]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.colobus - arboreal monkey of western and central Africa with long silky fur and reduced thumbscolobus - arboreal monkey of western and central Africa with long silky fur and reduced thumbs
catarrhine, Old World monkey - of Africa or Arabia or Asia; having nonprehensile tails and nostrils close together
genus Colobus - a genus of Cercopithecidae
Colobus guereza, guereza - a colobus monkey with a reddish brown coat and white silky fringes down both sides of the body
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MEDICINE MENThe only difference is that the modern medicine men are poorly dressed in Western suits rather than body art, war paint and gorgeous colobus monkey head dress or plumes of ostrich feathers.
On our second day we visited the famous Jozani forest, one of the last remaining sanctuaries in the world for Red Colobus monkeys.
Black and White Colobus Monkey, Sykes's Monkeys, forest hogs, small antelopes like duikers, bush babies, porcupines and mongoose are also found in the forest.
Outside the temporary huts were poles hung with leopard skin cloaks and ostrich plume hats for men, and colobus monkey capes for women.
The "Sonso" tribe, which has been exposed to researchers for more than 25 years, prefers hunting colobus monkeys and tends to hunt in small groups.
I love the white-and-black colobus monkeys when they jump from tree to tree and their hair waves with the wind
The scheme, understood to cost around 7m, will see the iconic structure revamped to create a world leading facility for Black and White Colobus monkeys and other species native to forests in western and eastern Africa.
The black and white colobus, named Cheeky Chops, made a mad dash for freedom in Co Cork three days ago.
Daily ranging behavior of red colobus (Colobus badius tephrosceles) in Kibale forest, Uganda.
Several species of lemurs, monkeys and apes 6 such as the ring-tailed lemur, Udzunga red colobus monkey, Yunnan snub-nosed monkey, white-headed langur and Grauer's gorilla 6 are down to a population of a few thousand individuals.
Agent-based models have been used to assess the spatial patterns of parasite transmission in red colobus (Procolobus rufomitratus) monkeys, in which each host has a spatial memory of the value of patches, and each host weighs the benefits of being in a group for safety versus the costs of food competition (25).
At Kiambethu Farm, take a tour of the tea fields that segues into an easy walk through indigenous forest, where rare flowers bloom and Colobus monkeys call to each other from the treetops.