One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A West African guenon that has a bluish-grey face with a pink muzzle. The female has a distinctive moaning call.
- ‘The wild animals that suffered most were large carnivores such as lions and hyenas; primates including colobus and mona monkeys; and several herbivores.’
- ‘Many smaller animals have also joined the collection: siamang gibbons, provost squirrels, howler monkey, armadillo and the elusive mona monkeys.’
- ‘The scientists hypothesize that chimp SIV evolved from SIV found in red-capped sooty mangabeys as well as SIV that infects greater spot-nosed, mustached, and mona monkeys.’
Late 18th century: mona from Spanish and Portuguese mona, mono, Italian monna.
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