any of a genus (Cercocebus) of large African monkeys having a silky, gray coat, white eyelids, and a long tail
Origin of mangabeyafter Mangabey, Madagascar
Any of various large forest-dwelling African monkeys of two genera, one (Cercocebus) consisting of chiefly terrestrial species, and the other (Lophocebus) consisting of chiefly arboreal species.
Origin of mangabeyAfter Mangabey, a place in Madagascar from which Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon received specimens of the animals, which he erroneously believed were native to the island.
So called by Buffon from Mangaby, in Madagascar, where he erroneously supposed them to be native.