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

  • n. A monkey (Macaca silenus) of south-central Asia, having a glossy black coat and a ruff of gray hair about the face.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various langur monkeys (of genus Semnopithecus), from Sri Lanka

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large monkey (Macacus silenus) native of Malabar. It is black, or nearly so, but has a long white or gray beard encircling the face. Called also maha, silenus, neelbhunder, lion-tailed baboon, and great wanderoo.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large catarrhine monkey of Malabar, India, Macaem sitenus.


From Sinhalese vandaru, pl. of vandurā, monkey, from Sanskrit vānaraḥ, forest dweller, monkey, probably from vanar- (as in vanarṣad-, sitting in the forest), archaic locative of vanam, forest.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Singhalese (Wiktionary)



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