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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several large terrestrial African and Asian monkeys of the family Cercopithecidae, especially of the genus Papio or Chaeropithecus and related genera, characterized by an elongated, doglike muzzle, a short tail, and bare calluses on the buttocks.
  • n. Slang A brutish person; a boor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Mostly African primates. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A quadrumanous animal of the old world, of the subfamily Cynopithecinæ, and especially of either of the genera Cynocephalus (or Papio) and Mandrilla (or Mormon).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large terrestrial monkeys having doglike muzzles

Etymologies

Middle English babewin, from Old French babuin, gaping figure, gargoyle, baboon, perhaps blend of Old French babine, muzzle, and babau, grimace.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English babewin, baboin, from Old French babouin, from baboue ("grimace, muzzle"), of Germanic origin, related to German dialectal Bäppe ("muzzle"), Middle High German beffen ("to bark"), Middle English baffen ("to bark"). See also baff, baffle. (Wiktionary)

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