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mandrill

Line breaks: man|drill
Pronunciation: /ˈmandrɪl
 
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Definition of mandrill in English:

noun

A large West African baboon with a red and blue face, the male having a blue rump.
  • Mandrillus sphinx, family Cercopithecidae
Example sentences
  • Her work with the large African monkeys known as mandrills shows that red coloration gives males an advantage when it comes to mating.
  • Viarruel said calls had been made by his colleagues to the Ministry of Public Utilities and Environment to repair the boxes where the chimpanzees and mandrills slept.
  • Other new arrivals to the park this winter will include mandrills and bamboo lemurs.

Origin

mid 18th century: probably from man + drill3.

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