Definition of hamadryas in English:

hamadryas

Line breaks: hama|dryas
Pronunciation: /ˌhaməˈdrʌɪəs
 
, -as/
(also hamadryas baboon)

noun

  • A large Arabian and NE African baboon, the male of which has a silvery-grey cape of hair and a naked red face and rump. It was held sacred in ancient Egypt.
    • Papio hamadryas, family Cercopithecidae
    More 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.

Origin

1930s: modern Latin (see hamadryad).

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