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 Wilson often cared for zoo babies at home at night, her daughter remembered — a baboon, a gorilla, all kinds of monkeys, even snakes. John Leland,, "Mary J. Wilson, barrier-smashing zookeeper, dies at 83," 4 June 2020 Amarello looked to methods that scientists use to study other animals that are more traditionally thought of as social, like elephants or baboons. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Snakes aren't all cold-blooded loners, an ASU researcher says. They have friends, too," 8 June 2020 Creatures ranging from the humble laboratory mouse to hamsters and baboons are in the mix. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "From Hamsters to Baboons: The Animals Helping Scientists Understand the Coronavirus," 14 May 2020 That's very difficult to do with baboons or chimpanzees, or other animals that range over much larger areas. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Vampire bats bond by grooming first to build trust before sharing blood," 20 Mar. 2020 Meerkats, above, honeybees and baboons are among other species that have ways of finding agreement that are surprisingly democratic. Hiroko Masuike, New York Times, "Seattle, Coronavirus, Amy Klobuchar: Your Monday Evening Briefing," 2 Mar. 2020 There’s a couple people that come by several times a day to say hi to the baboon and check in on the armadillo. oregonlive, "Drive-by ‘zoo’ pops up in Portland’s Alberta neighborhood," 25 Apr. 2020 The cactus is further spread by birds and animals, such as elephants and baboons, who eat the fruit and disperse the seeds. Stephanie Bailey, CNN, "Kenyan 'devil's cactus' is spreading out of control -- but tech is fighting back," 9 Dec. 2019 Their escape artist routine triggered baboon sightings around the hospital. Melissa Locker, Time, "Today in Monkey Business, Let's Follow the Escapades of This Trio of Baboons Who Escaped," 25 Feb. 2020

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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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22 Jun 2020

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“Baboon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of baboon

: a large African or Asian monkey


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Kids Definition of baboon

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

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