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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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(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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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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He eventually disappeared into the bushes, causing a troop of colobus monkeys to croak frantically in alarm.
A scandal followed when it was found that this proven effective was based on research completed with colobus monkeys rather than hermit crabs.
A gorilla trek suggests a humbling experience, while adventurers will also encounter three other species of primates including wild chimpanzees, black-and-white colobus monkeys and the endangered golden monkey.
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In addition to gorilla trekking, adventurers are also able to encounter three other species of primates when in Rwanda, including wild Chimpanzees, Black-and-white colobus monkeys, and the endangered Golden monkey.
On our second day we visited the famous Jozani forest, one of the last remaining sanctuaries in the world for Red Colobus monkeys. We got to meet a few during a day there spent walking through acres of mangroves and hanging out with the monkeys.
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!
For a day out head to Bijilo Forest Park, three miles south of the resort, home to vervet and red colobus monkeys, and abundant colourful bird life.
Sykes and colobus monkeys, bush babies and over 150 species of birds draw a catalogue of silhouettes against the light that penetrates the canopy.
For example, some studies demonstrated a positive correlation between adult male testosterone and dominance rank in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) (Anestis, 2006; Muller and Wrangham, 2004), long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) (Czoty et al., 2009), while other studies failed to indicate a relationship between the two variables in Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) (Barrett et al., 2002a), bonobos (Pan paniscus) (Sannen et al., 2004), colobus monkeys (Colobus vellerosus) (Teichroeb and Sicotte, 2008), and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) (Sobolewski et al., 2013).