• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Monkey-tail a short lever for training carronades: a piece of knotted rope by which to attach a hook, to save the hand from jamming
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old It. monicchio, dim. of Old It. monna, nickname for an old woman, an ape, contr. of It. madonna, mistress.


In literature:

A monkey playing with a steel trap got his tail cut off.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
Sweet, a monkey (tail and all); J.W.
"The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918" by F.L. Morrison
Wonderful thing a monkey's tail is.
"Rob Harlow's Adventures" by George Manville Fenn
Though the monkey was dead, its tail still circled the bough, and he had to use some force to unwind it.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
One of his chief amusements used to be attacking two other monkeys who had longer tails.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston
Nor were there any monkeys swinging by their tails from the trees.
"Nero, the Circus Lion" by Richard Barnum
Everything depends upon taste, as the monkey remarked when it took to nibbling the end of its own tail!
"Black Ivory" by R.M. Ballantyne
As a general rule, it seemed to Barney, the smaller the monkey the longer the tail.
"Martin Rattler" by R.M. Ballantyne
And sure they used to say Jimmie Brannagan was a born monkey all but the tail, so they did.
"Motor Boat Boys Mississippi Cruise" by Louis Arundel
You tails of camels with your monkey faces!
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
The monkey pulled so hard to get his tail out from under the stone that it broke off.
"Fairy Tales from Brazil" by Elsie Spicer Eells
The monkey raised herself and listened, uncurled her tail, shifted, and listened.
"Edge of the Jungle" by William Beebe
Instantly a large yellow monkey wrapped his long tail around it, and started off.
"The Nursery, April 1877, Vol. XXI. No. 4" by Various
Now, I ask, what is the difference which takes place when the monkey gradually loses his tail and sets up a superior brain?
"Social Rights and Duties, Volume I (of 2)" by Sir Leslie Stephen
The monkey caught hold of the tortoise's tail and jerked it hard.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
All this while, the Monkey sat on his tail, and watched her.
"The Talking Thrush" by William Crooke
It was only when the limpness of his tail was mentioned that I suddenly realised we were talking about a sick monkey.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Volume 150, May 17 1916" by Various
Like so many of the American Monkeys, the Squirrel Monkeys are gregarious, and, in spite of their tails, arboreal.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
These monkeys are mostly smaller and weaker than the Old World forms and are always long-tailed, the tail being frequently prehensile.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg
Monkey skins, with tails attached, are worn, one in front and the other on the back.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray

In news:

The yellow-tailed woolly monkey: Peru's charismatic , endangered primate.
The endangered yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Wikimedia commons).
Today's Most Awesome: Monkey Tail Beards.
If you are the brave sort and are looking for a conversation starter try a Monkey Tail Beard.
Well there's Curious George, of course (often mistakenly called a monkey in spite of his lack of tail).
The brown- spider monkey , Ateles hybridus, is known for its long, slender limbs, prehensile tail, and tree-dwelling lifestyle.
The brown-spider monkey, Ateles hybridus, is known for its long, slender limbs, prehensile tail, and tree-dwelling lifestyle.
The yellow-tailed woolly monkey : Peru's charismatic, endangered primate.
Most monkey species have tails, while apes do not.
Spider monkeys are acrobatic, Scottish-terrier-size primates with absurdly long limbs—five of them if you count their grasping tails, which can hold on to tree branches.