from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various terrestrial monkeys of the genus Semnopithecus of southern Asia, having a gray body and a black face.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Hindu mythology, the name of a fabulous monkey-god, the friend and ally of Rāma in the Rāmāyana, a noted Sanskrit epic poem recounting the adventures of Rāma.
  • noun Hence [lowercase] In zoology, same as entellus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See hoonoomaun.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The entellus (Presbytis entellus)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun in Hinduism, the monkey god and helper of Rama; god of devotion and courage
  • noun langur of southern Asia; regarded as sacred in India


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Hindi hanumān, from Sanskrit Hanumān, a monkey-god in Hindu mythology, from hanumān, having a large jaw, from hanu, jaw; see genu- in Indo-European roots.]


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  • In Indonesia, also an offensive term for a white person.

    May 21, 2009