baboon

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noun ba·boon \ba-ˈbün, chiefly British bə-\

Definition of baboon

  1. :  any of a genus (Papio) of large gregarious primates of Africa and southwestern Asia having a long square naked muzzle; also :  any of several closely related primates

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Origin and Etymology of baboon

Middle English babewin, from Middle French babouin, from baboue grimace


First Known Use: 15th century


BABOON Defined for English Language Learners

baboon

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Definition of baboon for English Language Learners

  • : a large African or Asian monkey


BABOON Defined for Kids

baboon

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noun ba·boon \ba-ˈbün\

Definition of baboon for Students

  1. :  a large monkey of Africa and Asia with a doglike face



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