American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several tropical American monkeys of the genus Ateles, having long legs and a long prehensile tail and lacking a thumb.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tropical American platyrrhine monkey, of the family Cebidæ, subfamily Cebinæ, and genera Ateles and Brachyteles; a kind of sajou or sapajou, likened to a spider by reason of the very long and slim limbs, and long prehensile tail. They are large slender-bodied monkeys of great agility and of arboreal habits, with the thumb absent or imperfect. Brachyteles (or Eriodes) arachnoides is a Brazilian spider-monkey called the miriki Ateles paniscus is the large black spider-monkey, or coiata; A. melanochir is the black-handed spider-monkey; and many more species or varieties of this genus have been named. One of the spider-monkeys, A. vellerosus, is among the most northerly of American monkeys, extending into Mexico to Orizaba and Oajaca. The flesh of some species is used for food, and the pelts have a commercial value. See also cut under
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) any one of numerous species of South American monkeys of the genus Ateles, having very long legs and a long prehensile tail.
- n. arboreal monkey of tropical America with long slender legs and long prehensile tail
“He broke the spider monkey out when our energy flagged, which was often, and I always thought his motivation was a magician's motivation, creating a flourish with his left hand so that we wouldn't notice him reaching his right into his sleeve, creating a small explosion to hide the doves he pulled from offstage, creating a ruckus with his body to disguise the dexterity of his mind.”
“But I know that the tail of a spider monkey is homologous to my coccyx, just as the enormously long and strong wing bone of a pterodactyl is homologous to my little finger.”
““At Dupuy School, a man came with a baboon and a spider monkey and three chimpanzees—and we got to pet them; and we brushed the hair backward and the skin was pink.””
“One species of spider monkey occurred only in the Guiana district, northeast of the Amazon-Negro junction.”
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