Definition of Colobus

1. Noun. Arboreal monkey of western and central Africa with long silky fur and reduced thumbs.

Exact synonyms: Colobus Monkey
Generic synonyms: Catarrhine, Old World Monkey
Group relationships: Genus Colobus
Specialized synonyms: Colobus Guereza, Guereza

Definition of Colobus

1. Noun. (zoology) Any of several large arboreal African monkeys of the genus ''Colobus'' ¹

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Definition of Colobus

1. a large African monkey [n -BUSES or -BI]

Medical Definition of Colobus

1. A genus of old world monkeys, subfamily colobinae, family cercopithecidae, that inhabits the forests of africa. It consists of eight species: c. Angolensis (angolan colobus), c. Badius or c. Rufomitratus (red or bay colobus), c. Guereza (guereza or eastern black-and-white colobus), c. Kirkii (kirk's colobus), c. Polykomos (king colobus or western black-and-white colobus), c. Satanas (black colobus), and c. Verus (olive colobus). Some authors recognise procolobus as a separate genus and then the olive colobus is recognised as the species p. Verus. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Colobus

coloboma lentis
colobus (current term)
colobus monkey

Literary usage of Colobus

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1. A Hand-book to the Primates by Henry Ogg Forbes (1897)
"The Sub-family practically consists of but two genera— —colobus and Semnopithecus. ... GENUS colobus. colobus, Illiger, Prodr. Syst. Mamm., p. 69 (1811). ..."

2. Catalogue of Monkeys, Lemurs, and Fruit-eating Bats in the Collection of the by John Edward Gray (1870)
"colobus. Body robust. Cheek-pouches none. Orbit rather small. ... colobus Satanas. The Black Colons. BM Black ; hair long, coarse ; of crown and sides of ..."

3. The Uganda Protectorate: An Attempt to Give Some Description of the Physical by Harry Hamilton Johnston (1902)
"Its head is a bright chestnut on the top, and the rest of the body is a mixture of foxy- 225. THE RED colobus FROM TORO (cOl. ..."

4. The Penny Cyclopædia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (Great Britain), George Long (1837)
"... the fact of many other known specie* • f mammals having such analogues in the same localities. 3. colobus Guereza, Rüppell, with the head, bee, neck. ..."

5. Liberia by Harry Hamilton Johnston, Otto Stapf (1906)
"A much commoner species throughout the country is the Ursine colobus (C. ... colobus cristatus is perhaps the commonest of the thumbless monkeys of Liberia. ..."

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