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Any of several tropical American monkeys of the genus Ateles, having long arms and legs and a long prehensile tail and lacking a thumb.
1. (Animals) any of several arboreal New World monkeys of the genus Ateles, of Central and South America, having very long legs, a long prehensile tail, and a small head
2. (Animals) woolly spider monkey a rare related monkey, Brachyteles arachnoides, of SE Brazil
[C18: so called because its long limbs resemble the legs of a spider]
any slender, long-limbed tropical American monkey of the genus Ateles, with a long, prehensile tail.
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|Noun||1.||spider monkey - arboreal monkey of tropical America with long slender legs and long prehensile tail|
New World monkey, platyrrhine, platyrrhinian - hairy-faced arboreal monkeys having widely separated nostrils and long usually prehensile tails