from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of American monkeys with prehensile tails, and having the thumb wanting or rudimentary. See spider monkey, and coaita.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of American platyrrhine monkeys, of the family Cebidœ and subfamily Cebinœ; the spider-monkeys or sapajous, with attenuate bodies, very long slender limbs, and long powerfully prehensile tails: so called because the thumb is rudimentary.
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- n. spider monkeys
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Its body is entirely different from the "ateles" monkeys, being stouter and covered with a fuller coat of hair; and its tail is large and bushy, without any prehensile power.
Such was the fact, for they were "howling monkeys;" and some species of these can use the tail almost as adroitly as the "ateles" themselves.
Besides the howlers there were other species -- there were tamarins, and ouistitis, and the black coaitas of the genus "ateles," all assembled around the juvia-tree.
These monkeys are known by the name of "ateles," or "spider-monkeys;" and certainly their long thin arms and legs, and longer tails, greatly resemble the legs of spiders.
Derivation from Greek philo - ` lover of something or other 'plus ateles, meaning ` free from tax or payment.'
"ateles" monkeys, being stouter and covered with a fuller coat of hair; and its tail is large and bushy, without any prehensile power.
"ateles;" and their long tails, naked underneath and curling downward near the points, showed that, like them too, they possessed prehensile power in that member.
Perochirus ateles also seems to be gone, not having been sighted within the past decade.
Aristotle is persuasive when he argues that children need adult supervision because their rationality is "imperfect" (ateles) or immature.
Geoffroy believes, a new genus (Lagothrix) between the ateles and the alouates.