Definition of colobine in English:

colobine

Line breaks: colo|bine
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒləbʌɪn
 
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noun

Zoology
  • An Old World monkey of a mainly leaf-eating group that includes the colobus monkeys, langurs, and leaf monkeys.
    • Subfamily Colobinae, family Cercopithicidae
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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