chacma baboon

chac·​ma baboon | \ ˈchäk-mə- \
variants: or chacma

Definition of chacma baboon

: a large grayish-brown to black baboon (Papio ursinus) of southern African savannas, highland grasslands, or savanna woodlands that is chiefly terrestrial but typically sleeps in trees or on high ledges

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The baboon, likely a chacma baboon, belongs to a species known for a trouble-making combination of aggression and intelligence. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Watch: Geese Attempt to Save Their Eggs From a Baboon Thief," 11 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of chacma baboon

1896, in the meaning defined above

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