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 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 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 The old mandrill has completely lost his walking staff/weapon in the beginning of the movie and instead has to rely on red roots to create a powder to smear on Simba’s head. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "All the differences between the original Lion King and the remake," 23 July 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 Both Simba and Kimba have, among their small circle of advisors, a wise, sagelike mandrill and a bird — Lion King's Zazu is a hornbill, Kimba's Pauly is a parrot. Pete Keeley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Big Little Lions: Disney's New 'Lion King' Dodges the 'Kimba' Similarity Issue," 22 July 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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12 Dec 2019

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“Mandrill.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mandrill. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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