Definition of cercopithecine in English:



  • An Old World monkey of a group that includes the macaques, mangabeys, baboons, and guenons.

    • ‘There were five primate lineages studied here: hominoids, colobines, cercopithecines, platyrrhines (New World monkeys), and lemurs.’
    • ‘The two top models differ in class allocation for a single branch - the ancestor of colobines and cercopithecines.’
    • ‘Notably, the postcrania of these fossil cercopithecines and colobines are quite similar (unlike the situation today) and suggest semi-terrestrial habits.’
    • ‘A lot more is known about cercopithecines, such as macaques, baboons and vervets, because many of them are ground-dwelling monkeys which are relatively easy to study.’
    • ‘It appears that mandrill groups are based on stable matrilines, with female philopatry and dispersing males, as in the majority of cercopithecines.’


From modern Latin Cercopithecinae (plural), based on Greek kerkopithēkos ‘long-tailed monkey’, from kerkos ‘tail’ + pithēkos ‘ape’.