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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Recent Examples on the Web For the baboon studies, Dr. Wasser used hormones from animal dung to help understand their reproductive successes or failures. Dean Paton, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Apr. 2022 Her fraternal grandfather, Dr. Mark Boucek, was involved in the world’s first baboon-to-baby heart transplant. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Apr. 2022 At an upstate New York zoo in 2012, an olive baboon sat with her baby at a table opposite a mesh screen and a curious grad student who was holding some peanuts. Max G. Levy, Wired, 25 Jan. 2022 One baboon survived for three years with its brand new beating heart intact. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 10 Mar. 2022 In 1984, a baboon heart was transplanted into Baby Fae, an infant with congenital heart defects. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Bennett’s pig heart raised ethical eyebrows because the procedure is highly risky—the longest-surviving previous recipient of a pig heart was a baboon who survived less than two months with the transplant. Jan Dutkiewicz, The New Republic, 20 Jan. 2022 Notably, in 1984, Baby Fae, a dying infant, lived 21 days with a baboon heart. CBS News, 11 Jan. 2022 Notably, in 1984, Baby Fae, a dying infant, lived 21 days with a baboon heart. CBS News, 11 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Baboon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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