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Meaning of tantalus monkey

tan'ta•lus mon'key

Pronunciation: (tan'tl-us), [key]
  1. a long-tailed African monkey, Cercopithecus tantalus (or C. aethiops tantalus), of central African grasslands, having a long face framed by upswept whiskers. Cf.
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