One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An African guenon which has blue-grey fur with black markings.
Cercopithecus mitis, family Cercopithecidae. Alternative name: diademed monkey
- ‘Vervets and Samangos are territorial. Vervets have an exclusive area which is actively defended. Samangos have a core area which they defend and areas which they utilise, but do not defend.’
- ‘Samangos live in troops of 12 to 20 (but up to 30) usually comprising an adult male, six to eight females and an assortment of juveniles.’
Late 19th century: from Zulu insimango.
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