hamadryas baboon

hama·​dry·​as baboon | \ ˌha-mə-ˈdrī-əs- How to pronounce hamadryas baboon (audio) \

Definition of hamadryas baboon

: a baboon (Papio hamadryas) that has a reddish-pink muzzle and a large bare patch of pink skin on each buttock and that was venerated by the ancient Egyptians

called also sacred baboon

Examples of hamadryas baboon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The remains belong to a hamadryas baboon discovered by 19th century archaeologists in the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes. Colin Barras, Science | AAAS, 15 Dec. 2020 At California’s Oakland Zoo, a troop of hamadryas baboons seemed listless, with many of them in hiding at the height of a partial eclipse there that darkened the skies like sunset. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of hamadryas baboon

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hamadryas baboon

New Latin hamadryas, from Latin

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“Hamadryas baboon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hamadryas%20baboon. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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