One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An African monkey found mainly in forests, with a long tail and typically a brightly colored coat. The male is much larger than the female.
Genus Cercopithecus, family Cercopithecidae: several species, including the vervet, mona, and Diana monkeys
- ‘Putty-nosed monkeys belong to a group of African monkeys called guenons.’
- ‘And at least three picked up the virus from separate animals - a gorilla, a mandrill and a type of monkey called a De Brazza's guenon - based on comparison of viral DNA sequences in their blood with those from the animals.’
- ‘Two indels were present in exons: a five amino acid deletion in exon 9 was present in humans and apes, and a single amino acid deletion in exon 14 occurred in cercopithecine Old World monkeys (macaque and guenon).’
- ‘We focused on the vocal behavior of the adult male because other studies have shown that adult male guenons produce predator-specific alarm calls in response to eagles and leopards.’
- ‘The social tensions particular to zoo life can distract males from reproducing - a male guenon in a dysfunctional family group, for example, can become so preoccupied with aggressive behavior that he ignores the females.’
Mid 19th century: from French, of unknown origin.
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