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.
Any of a genus (Cercocebus) of large African monkeys having a silky, gray coat, white eyelids, and a long tail.
Origin of mangabey
- After 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
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- So called by Buffon from Mangaby, in Madagascar, where he erroneously supposed them to be native.