mandrill

noun
man·​drill | \ ˈman-drəl How to pronounce mandrill (audio) \

Definition of mandrill

: a large baboon (Mandrillus sphinx synonym Papio sphinx) of central Africa west of the Congo River with the male having a bright red and blue muzzle

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Examples of mandrill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Walt Disney World has landed on a name for the baby mandrill recently born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney World: Baby mandrill gets colorful name," 7 Aug. 2020 Walt Disney World announced Wednesday that a mandrill infant was born to first-time father, Linus, and mother, Scarlett on July 25. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, "Adorable Baby Mandrill, the World's Most Colorful Monkey, Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom," 30 July 2020 The mandrills could detect infection status based on smell alone: mandrills presented with two bamboo stalks rubbed in feces strongly avoided a stalk rubbed with droppings from another mandrill that had lots of parasites. Scientific American, "Animals Use Social Distancing to Avoid Disease," 1 July 2020 As Rafiki, the mandrill who is healer, sage and shaman, Zama sings in a powerful voice, gives Simba a crucial pep talk and pulls off several delightful comic bits. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The Lion King' brings pride, spectacle and strong characters to Marcus Center," 7 Feb. 2020 Herds of angry ostriches and mandrills are added for danger, even though the special effects are hardly seamless, often looking jerky and manipulated at key moments. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "‘Jumanji’ franchise sticks with winning formula in ‘Next Level’," 12 Dec. 2019 Though there are tiny apes (the gibbon, at under 20 pounds) and large monkeys (the mandrill, up to 80 pounds), apes are generally larger and require a lot more calories. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Ancient Drunk Gorillas Are the Reason You Can Tolerate Booze Today," 5 Dec. 2019 The attention to detail is exquisite, from Timon’s jittery hands and random scratching fits to the water droplets hanging off the whiskers of wise mandrill Rafiki (John Kani) during a torrential rainstorm. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Disney's new 'Lion King' revamp razzles and dazzles but feels all too familiar," 10 Apr. 2019 The attention to detail is exquisite, from Timon’s jittery hands and random scratching fits to the water droplets hanging off the whiskers of wise mandrill Rafiki (John Kani) during a torrential rainstorm. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Disney's new 'Lion King' revamp razzles and dazzles but feels all too familiar," 10 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of mandrill

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mandrill

probably from man entry 1 + drill entry 3

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“Mandrill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mandrill. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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