Origin of colobusModern Latin from Classical Greek kolobos, curtailed, docked (akin to kolos, maimed: for Indo-European base see holt): probably so named because of the absent or rudimentary thumbs
any of a genus (Colobus) of thumbless, long-haired, black and white African monkeys
also colobus monkey
- GUEREZA, the native name of a long-tailed, black and white Abyssinian monkey, Colobus guereza (or C. abyssinicus), characterized by the white hairs forming a long pendent mantle.
- Among the species of monkeys only one interests to any extent the fur trade, and that is the black monkey taken on the west coast of Africa (Colobus satanas).