baboon

noun
ba·​boon | \ ba-ˈbün How to pronounce baboon (audio) , chiefly British bə- \

Definition of baboon

: any of a genus (Papio) of large gregarious primates of Africa and southwestern Asia having a long square naked muzzle also : any of several closely related primates

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Examples of baboon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The practice was largely abandoned in the 1980s, when an infant with a fatal heart condition, known as Baby Fae, died within a month of being given a baboon heart. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2022 Notably, in 1984, Baby Fae, a dying infant, lived 21 days with a baboon heart. CBS News, 11 Jan. 2022 In one particularly notable case, infant Stephanie Fae Beauclair, born with a significant heart defect, was given a baboon heart by doctors at a California hospital in 1984. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, 10 Jan. 2022 Notably, in 1984, Baby Fae, a dying infant, lived 21 days with a baboon heart. Carla K. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 10 Jan. 2022 But its use of two toy cars (based on toys borrowed from his son) to form the baboon’s head does suggest that cars had somehow become grafted onto the more animallike elements in our psychology. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2021 By the 20th century, surgeons were attempting transplants of organs from baboons into humans, notably Baby Fae, a dying infant, who lived 21 days with a baboon heart. Carla K. Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Oct. 2021 By the 20th century, surgeons were attempting transplants of organs from baboons into humans, notably Baby Fae, a dying infant, who lived 21 days with a baboon heart. Time, 20 Oct. 2021 By the 20th century, surgeons were attempting transplants of organs from baboons into humans, notably Baby Fae, a dying infant, who lived 21 days with a baboon heart. Carla K. Johnson, Chron, 20 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of baboon

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baboon

Middle English babewin, from Middle French babouin, from baboue grimace

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18 Jan 2022

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“Baboon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baboon. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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baboon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of baboon

: a large African or Asian monkey

baboon

noun
ba·​boon | \ ba-ˈbün How to pronounce baboon (audio) \

Kids Definition of baboon

: a large monkey of Africa and Asia with a doglike face

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