ba·​boon | \ ba-ˈbün How to pronounce baboon (audio) , chiefly British bə-\

Definition of baboon

: 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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The new Discovery Channel show follows lions, baboons, cheetahs and more around the plains of Tanzania. Kelli Bender,, "Get a Look at the Real World of The Lion King in New Nature Series Narrated by Lupita Nyong'o," 21 June 2019 Hyena prints are splayed and meaty; African wild dog prints are squarish and tidy; baboon prints look like a small human hand with an extra palm. Ken Geiger, National Geographic, "Why walking safaris are the best way to see wildlife," 17 June 2019 Villagers outside the park had stoned an orphaned baby baboon that was stealing their food. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Sam Wasser pours his intense passion for protecting wildlife into research and catching poachers," 21 May 2019 Several nice lodges overlook the channel, where guests can watch baboons and waterbuck and African fish eagles from the decks of their thatch-roofed bandas. Tom Hanscom, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wildlife rebound in Uganda," 11 July 2019 But recent genetic analysis of baboons living on either side of the strait showed that the animals managed to cross the Red Sea at least twice in the last 150,000 years. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Rising Seas Swallowed Countless Archaeological Sites. Scientists Want Them Back," 20 May 2019 If baboons could manage it, why not archaic humans? Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Rising Seas Swallowed Countless Archaeological Sites. Scientists Want Them Back," 20 May 2019 The Vagabond Club The scarlet windows and doorway on the exterior of this Art Deco building only hint at what's inside: a golden rhino, a floor-to-ceiling bronze tree, a baboon (sculpture) overseeing the bar. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Hotels in Singapore," 28 Feb. 2018 Other scientists have identified grief in female baboons by analyzing their stress hormone levels before and after losing a close companion or infant. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "Do dolphins feel grief?," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of baboon

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baboon

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

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English Language Learners Definition of baboon

: a large African or Asian monkey


ba·​boon | \ ba-ˈbün How to pronounce baboon (audio) \

Kids Definition of baboon

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

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