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(in Sri Lanka) a leaf monkey or langur.
- ‘Another type of monkey, the lion-tailed macaque or wanderoo, is found in a small area of southern India.’
- ‘The ancient statue overlooking the granite basin depicts a supine, sneering wanderoo but the Romans, because of its ugliness, compared it to a monkey or, more exactly, a baboon.’
- ‘In reproductive work, I've worked with orang-utans, camels, gorillas, wanderoos [lion-tailed macaques], and Indian lions.’
- ‘The remaining macaques include Macaca silensus (the wanderoos or lion-tail or lion-maned macaques) seen in a few exhibition and breeding colonies, and M. thibetana (the Tibet monkeys), seen only in a few exhibits outside China.’
Late 17th century: from Sinhalese wanderu monkey.
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