Share this entry

Share this page

hamadryas

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

Definition of hamadryas in English:

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
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).

Words that rhyme with hamadryas

Ananias, bias, Darius, dryas, Elias, eyas, Gaius, Lias, Mathias, pious, Tobias

Definition of hamadryas in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtenəbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure