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Definition of "patas" [pa•tas]

  • Any of several long-tailed terrestrial monkeys of the genus Erythrocebus of western Africa that are closely related to the guenons, especially E. patas, which has reddish fur and a black nose. (noun)

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Use "patas" in a sentence
  • ""The Victoria and Albert Museum has a large collection of 'patas' - the bulk of which was purchased by John Lockwood Kipling, father of novelist Rudyard Kipling, from Kolkata."
  • ""Bengal 'patas' are stepping stones to modernism in art," Hugo Weihe, senior vice-president and international director of Asian Art at Christie's, told IANS here."
  • "Tapan Chitrakar, meanwhile, is still haunted by the tsunami is his black-and-white monochrome 'patas'."