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hamadryas baboon Syllabification: ham·a·dry·as ba·boon
Pronunciation: /ˌhaməˈdrīəs baˌbo͞on/

Definition of hamadryas baboon in English:


A large Arabian and northeastern African baboon, the male of which has a silvery-gray cape of hair and a naked red face and rump. It was held sacred in ancient Egypt. Also called sacred baboon.
  • Papio hamadryas, family Cercopithecidae
Example sentences
  • Our data set was comprised of eight species: a Platyrrhini, the white-fronted capuchin monkey, two cercopithecoids: the Barbary macaque and the hamadryas baboon, four hominoids and an outgroup sequence.
  • The ancient Egyptians considered hamadryas baboons to be the sacred attendants of Thoth, the scribe to the gods.


1930s: modern Latin (see hamadryad).

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