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Old World monkey


a monkey of Africa, Arabia, or Asia; having nonprehensile tails and nostrils close together


animal noun (animals and microorganisms)


Old World monkeys

Original source:

Princeton WordNet



Definition references  (+images)


Old World monkey | Old World monkeys | Cercopithecidae | Cercopithecoidea

a group of primates, falling in the superfamily Cercopithecoidea in the clade of Catarrhini. The Old World monkeys are native to Africa and Asia today, inhabiting a range of environments from tropical rain forest to savanna, shrubland and mountainous ... (39 of 2343 words, 3 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

Old World monkey

any monkey of the family "Cercopithecidae", including macaques, baboons, and mandrills. They are more closely related to anthropoid apes than are the ... (22 of 230 words)


Random House Dictionary:

Old World monkey

any of various anthropoid primates of the family Cercopithecidae, of Africa, the Arabian peninsula, and Asia, typically having a hairless face, ... (21 of 63 words)



Old World monkey | Old World monkeys [plural]

A group of primates, falling in the superfamily Cercopithecoidea in the clade Catarrhini. (13 of 14 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Old World monkey

Oxford Dictionary:


[zoology] : relating to primates of a group that comprises the Old World ... | a catarrhine primate.; Infraorder Catarrhini, order Primates: four ... (22 of 79 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)




of, relating to, or being any of a division (Catarrhina) of primates comprising the Old World monkeys, higher apes, and hominids that have the ... (24 of 70 words, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:


having a nose with the nostrils placed close together and opening to the front | a catarrhine animal, as a human, gorilla, or chimpanzee (23 of 42 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:


Of or being a group of primates including the Old World monkeys, apes, and ... | A catarrhine primate, such as a gorilla. (22 of 39 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

monkey [primate] | Macaca fuscata [species] | Cebus [genus] | Saimiri [genus] | Miopithecus [genus]

in general, any of nearly 200 species of tailed primate, with the exception of lemurs, tarsiers, and lorises. The presence of a tail, along with their ... (26 of 1250 words, 10 images)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

monkey | douroucouli | guenon | guereza | langur | mangabey | ouakari | saki | titi | ...

any of a large and varied group of mammals of the primate order. The term "monkey" includes all primates that do not belong to the categories human, ... (27 of 243 words)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

monkey [countable] | monkeys [plural] | cheeky monkey | someone couldn't/doesn't give a monkey's | make a monkey out of someone

an animal with a long tail that climbs trees and uses its hands in the same way that people do | [informal] someone, especially a child who behaves ... (27 of 127 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)


monkey [verb, abbreviation] | monkeyed [past tense] | monkeyed around [past tense] | monkeying [present participle] | monkeying around [present participle] | monkeys [3rd-person singular present] | monkeys around [3rd-person singular present] | monkey around [I/you/we/they, related]

monkey around or monkey about [intransitive, informal] to behave in a silly way (13 of 49 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/monkey 8

Cambridge Dictionary:

monkey [entry 1]

an animal that lives in hot countries, has a long tail and climbs trees. Monkeys are primates (the group of animals which are most like humans) . (27 of 36 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/monkey 1

monkey [entry 2, informal]

a child who behaves badly (5 of 30 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/monkey 2

monkey [entry 3, British, slang]

£500 (1 of 11 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/monkey 3

monkey [entry 4, United States, informal]

to copy or mimic someone (5 of 12 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/monkey 4

Encarta Dictionary:

catarrhine | catarrhines [plural]

describes primates that have nostrils set close together and facing downward | an animal with nostrils set close together and facing downward, e.g. a ... (23 of 54 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861595411​/definition​.html  [offline]

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