Barbary ape

noun (1)
Bar·​ba·​ry ape | \ ˈbär-b(ə-)rē- How to pronounce Barbary ape (audio) \

Definition of Barbary ape

 (Entry 1 of 8)

: a tailless monkey (Macaca sylvanus) of northern Africa and Gibraltar

called also Barbary macaque

Barbary sheep

noun (2)

Definition of Barbary sheep (Entry 2 of 8)

: a wild, chiefly brown bovine (Ammotragus lervia) that is closely related to goats and sheep, is native to dry, rocky, mountainous terrain of North Africa but has been introduced into the southwestern U.S., northern Mexico, and Spain, and has a fringe of long hairs extending from the neck to the inner forelegs and horns that curve outward, back, and down : aoudad

Barbary Coast

geographical name
Bar·​ba·​ry Coast | \ ˈbär-b(ə-)rē How to pronounce Barbary Coast (audio) \

Definition of Barbary Coast (Entry 3 of 8)

1 region of northern Africa extending from Egypt to the Atlantic and including the former Barbary States (Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli) a chiefly former name
2 section of San Francisco formerly noted as a center of gambling, prostitution, and riotous nightlife an informal name

Barbary duck

noun (3)

Definition of Barbary duck (Entry 4 of 8)

: muscovy duck Sometimes called Barbary ducks, Muscovy ducks have a bumpy red face that resembles a turkey.— Steve Doyle, Huntsville (Alabama) Times, 10 Mar. 2010 especially : the flesh of the Muscovy duck used as food The kitchen marinates Barbary duck in red wine and serves it in a rich sauce based on aromatic herbs and wild berries. — Max Jacobson, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 1994

Barbary fig

noun (4)

Definition of Barbary fig (Entry 5 of 8)

: a common prickly pear (Opuntia vulgaris) of the eastern U.S. introduced into North Africa

Barbary horse

noun (5)

Definition of Barbary horse (Entry 6 of 8)

Barbary lion

noun (6)

Definition of Barbary lion (Entry 7 of 8)

: the North African lion

Barbary mastic

noun (7)

Definition of Barbary mastic (Entry 8 of 8)

: a mastic obtained from a plant (Pistacia atlantica) of the Mediterranean region also : the plant itself

First Known Use of Barbary ape

Noun (1)

1775, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1749, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Barbary ape

Noun (1)

barbary coast, Africa

Noun (2)

barbary coast, Africa

Noun (3)

after Barbary (North Africa), probably as translation of French canard de Barbarie

Note: The vernacular name reflects the tradition in pre-Linnaean biology (e.g., the Ornithologia of Ulisse Aldrovandi) that the bird was native to North Africa—also apparent in the Linnaean genus name Cairina, literally, “Cairene.”

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