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colobine Syllabification: col·o·bine
Pronunciation: /ˈkäləˌbīn/ /-bin/

Definition of colobine in English:


An Old World monkey of a mainly leaf-eating group that includes the colobus monkeys, langurs, and leaf monkeys.
Example sentences
  • Among Asian colobines are Borneo's proboscis monkey, the Chinese snub-nosed monkeys and langurs, such as the douc of South-east Asia.
  • There were five primate lineages studied here: hominoids, colobines, cercopithecines, platyrrhines (New World monkeys), and lemurs.
  • The RNase1 gene was duplicated twice in ancestral ruminants at least 40 MYA, and it was also duplicated in the douc langur, an Asian colobine, approximately 4 MYA.


1950s: from modern Latin Colobinae, based on Greek kolobos 'curtailed'.

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