Meaning of “baboon” in the English Dictionary


"baboon" in English

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baboonnoun [ C ]

uk /bəˈbuːn/ us /bəˈbuːn/

Examples from literature

  • An old baboon peeped round the rocky edge and manifested no surprise, only indignation, at the intrusion of humanity, dead or alive, into his dominions. 
  • Baboons roared in the forests and dwelt in the hollow trunks. 
  • Certain of the baboon tribes which live among the rocks of high mountains and cliffs, if pursued by enemies, protect themselves by ingeniously rolling immense stones down upon their foes. 
  • The leopard is the great enemy of the baboons. 
  • The old Egyptians paid deep homage to the sacred apes, which belong to the baboon tribe, and had them represented on their monuments as judges in the kingdom of death. 

(Definition of “baboon” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"baboon" in American English

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baboonnoun [ C ]

us /bæˈbun/

a primate (= animal that is most like humans) found in Africa and southern Asia that has a long nose, short tail, and is related to monkeys

(Definition of “baboon” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)