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 Victoria, the second oldest mandrill in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' population, died on Saturday, April 23. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 Its first contestant, a former pro-volleyball player masked as a mandrill, provides an answer. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 28 Oct. 2021 The devil and the mandrill try to kiss, in costume, which is weirder still. Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2021 There’s a scarecrow and a panda, a devil woman and a mandrill — that’s a primate, for those keeping track — and many more, including some guy whose skull has been peeled off to reveal he’s just an oversized brain. Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2021 Walt Disney World has landed on a name for the baby mandrill recently born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Dewayne Bevil,, 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,, 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, 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, 7 Feb. 2020 See More

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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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2 May 2022

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“Mandrill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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