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
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He claims that he was called a "baboon" and a "criminal" in a unit where racist language was allegedly commonplace.
In his defence, Herselman argued that the word baboon was common in conversational Afrikaans and had no malicious or bad intentions.
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There were dahlia and rhododendron plants, avocado trees and fuchsias, even a fascinating hairy-leaved thing called a baboon flower.
"Take a letter to Kublai Khan, " I said to Mon Cul, pretending that the baboon was my secretary.
The baboon is a vegetarian but no bigot, and will eat mutton chops without protest.
"Where is Mappo now?" asked a small baboon, which is another kind of monkey.
The ape and the baboon are the most skilled of all animals in making their flight.
One day, while we were eating a red monkey erroneously called the baboon, in Demerara, an Arowack Indian told an affecting story of what happened to