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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Photo by Tad Motoyama/Courtesy of L.A. Zoo The half-siblings are the first mandrill babies at the L.A. Zoo in over 40 years. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, "The L.A. Zoo’s Mandrill Babies Are Here to Make You Believe Again," 26 Sep. 2017 Fortunately, in mandrills as in humans, social avoidance generally doesn’t last forever. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "Gut Check: Mandrills Sniff Poop to Avoid Peers With Parasites," 13 Apr. 2017 One stick held mandrill feces full of parasites, another mostly parasite-free poop. National Geographic, "How Sniffing Poop Helps Monkeys Stay Healthy," 18 Apr. 2017

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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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