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 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 From boars roaming Berlin and gangs of baboons in Cape Town to a mountain lion in the Hollywood Hills and coyotes in Chicago, the swelling ranks of new and eager urban dwellers include many wild animals. Aditi Shrikant,, "When wild animals urbanize," 13 July 2018 But people are obviously attached to their dogs, and here they are needed for hunting and to protect huts against thieves, crops against baboons, and livestock against hyenas. New York Times, "Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs," 18 June 2018 In one camp, Hadza wore baboon skins, which is not their traditional dress but fits tourist expectations, Leach says. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "Farmers, tourists, and cattle threaten to wipe out some of the world’s last hunter-gatherers," 17 May 2018 Although chimpanzees, baboons, and elephants are thought to experience the complex emotion, scientists don’t yet know enough about it in other animals. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "Do dolphins feel grief?," 19 June 2018 Our cabby told us about an astonished couple preparing to get their daughter from her car seat when a baboon popped into the back, grabbed the baby bottle, chugged it, and then gave it back to the baby. Bella English,, "A vacation sequel as good as the original," 13 Feb. 2018 Leopards, a particular threat to baboons, were thought to have been exterminated in Gorongosa. Christopher Torchia, The Christian Science Monitor, "Underdogs no more: African wild dogs make comeback in Mozambique," 22 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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