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Dictionary Definition

guenon n : small slender African monkey having long hind limbs and tail and long hair around the face [syn: guenon monkey]

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  1. The Old World monkeys of the genus Cercopithecus.




  1. guenon
  2. In ordinary speech, a female monkey.
  3. An ugly woman.

Extensive Definition

This article is about the monkey. For the French metaphysician, see René Guénon.
The guenons are the genus Cercopithecus of Old World monkeys. Not all the members of this genus have the word "guenon" in their common names, and because of changes in scientific classification, some monkeys in other genera may have common names that do include the word "guenon". Nonetheless the use of the term guenon for monkeys of this genus is widely accepted.
All members of the genus are endemic to Africa, and most are forest monkeys. Many of the species are quite local in their ranges, and some have even more local subspecies. All or nearly all are threatened or endangered because of habitat loss.

Species list

Genus Cercopithecus


guenon in German: Meerkatzen
guenon in Spanish: Guenon
guenon in French: Cercopithèque
guenon in Hebrew: גנון
guenon in Italian: Cercopithecus
guenon in Lithuanian: Markata
guenon in Dutch: Echte meerkatten
guenon in Russian: Мартышки
guenon in Swedish: Markattor
guenon in Chinese: 長尾猴屬
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