Baboon Bab*oon", n. [OE. babewin, baboin, fr. F. babouin, or LL. babewynus. Of unknown origin; cf. D. baviaan, G. pavian, baboon, F. babine lip of ape, dogs, etc., dial. G. b["a]ppe mouth.] (Zo["o]l.) One of the Old World Quadrumana, of the genera {Cynocephalus} and {Papio}; the dog-faced ape. Baboons have dog-like muzzles and large canine teeth, cheek pouches, a short tail, and naked callosities on the buttocks. They are mostly African. See {Mandrill}, and {Chacma}, and {Drill} an ape. [1913 Webster]

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  • baboon — UK [bəˈbuːn] / US [bəˈbun] noun [countable] Word forms baboon : singular baboon plural baboons a type of large monkey from Africa or South Asia that lives on the ground …   English dictionary

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