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cercopithecine Syllabification: cer·co·pi·the·cine
Pronunciation: /ˌsərkōˈpiTHəˌsīn/ /-ˌsēn/

Definition of cercopithecine in English:


An Old World monkey of a group that includes the macaques, mangabeys, baboons, and guenons.
  • Subfamily Cercopithecinae, family Cercopithecidae
Example sentences
  • A lot more is known about cercopithecines, such as macaques, baboons and vervets, because many of them are ground-dwelling monkeys which are relatively easy to study.
  • There were five primate lineages studied here: hominoids, colobines, cercopithecines, platyrrhines (New World monkeys), and lemurs.
  • Notably, the postcrania of these fossil cercopithecines and colobines are quite similar (unlike the situation today) and suggest semi-terrestrial habits.


From modern Latin Cercopithecinae (plural), based on Greek kerkopithēkos 'long-tailed monkey', from kerkos 'tail' + pithēkos 'ape'.

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