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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]
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col•o•bus(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]
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|Noun||1.||colobus - 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
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