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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.]
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(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]
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(gəˈnɔ̃, -ˈnɒn)

any long-tailed African monkey of the genus Cercopithecus, as the vervet.
[1830–40; < French (of uncertain orig.)]
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Noun1.guenon - small slender African monkey having long hind limbs and tail and long hair around the faceguenon - 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, genus Cercopithecus - type genus of the Cercopithecidae: guenons
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
African green monkey, Cercopithecus aethiops sabaeus, green monkey - common savannah monkey with greenish-grey back and yellow tail
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The talapoins belong to a large group of monkey known as guenons, which can be found across Africa today and are usually larger than Nanopithecus browni.
Although early serologic investigations conducted by Fribourg-Blanc in West Africa confirmed widespread infection in several NHP species (e.g., baboons [Papio sp.], guenons [Cercopithecus sp.], red colobus [Piliocolobus badius], and chimpanzees [Pan trogoldytes]) (9), the infection in Tanzania was exclusively reported from olive baboons in northern parts of the country.
Rescuers from Animals Lebanon, a local NGO, found the two white-throated guenons in "terrible" shape after their arrival last August, with feces and urine "stuck in their hair," Jason Mier, the group's executive director, told The Daily Star.
Guenons at the Giza Zoo -- Maher Eskandar 3- Many kinds of rare and endangered animals and birds live in the park and have successfully bred there.
Seroprevalence of ZIKV has been demonstrated in Old World non-human primates of the Cercopithecus genus (Guenons), including Cercopithecus aethiops (African green monkey), Cercopithecus ascanis schmidti (Red-tailed monkey), Cercopithecus mona denti (Mona monkey), and Cercopithecus albigena johnstoni and also the Colobus genus (Colobus abyssincius, Mantled guereza) (22).
Some emphasized the body of the animal: a modern baboon was called a "cercopithecus" (the Greek kerkos for "tail" with pithecus for "ape") or a "drill." (10) (Confusing the matter further, the genus cercopithecus now refers to guenons, an Old World monkey.) A "jocko" described what we would term a West African chimpanzee, derived from Battel's report of the "Engeco" of Angola (published in Purchas's Hakluytus Posthumas, 1625), which itself was most likely a misunderstanding of an African term for the animal: "ncheko." (11) Finally, the modern term "macaques" fuses these histories together: it was originally a French term derived from the Portuguese "macacos" used to describe Brazilian monkeys.
Gastrointestinal parasites of the guenons of Western Uganda.
Tout ce que Dieu leur a laisse pour marquer en eux de l' humanite, & empescher qu'on ne les prit pour des Guenons, c'est qu'ils ayment grandement les hommes, mesmement les yovageurs & estrangers, car ils les accueillent, avec des tesmoignages de joye & de bien-veillance extraordinarie.
43 What kind of African-dwelling creatures are the many species of guenons?
When guenons and vervets, the common monkeys of the African forest, see a python, cobra, or puff adder, they emit a distinctive chuttering call that rouses other members in the group (Different calls are used to designate eagles and leopards.) Some of the adults then follow the intruding snake at a safe distance until it leaves the area.
These forests are full of eagles, leopards and chimps, but the guenons have an extraordinary anti-predator alliance to deal with them.