from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A West African baboon (Cynocephalus sphinx), allied to the chacma.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A West African baboon (Cynocephalus sphinx), allied to the chacma. Its color is generally chestnut, varying in tint.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A baboon of the genus Cynocephalus, as C. hamadryas (or babuin); a hamadryad; especially, the dog-headed baboon, which was revered and mummified by the Egyptians. See cut under baboon.
Probably from a native name: compare Spanish papion. (Wiktionary)
The baboons are peculiar to Africa, and there are six well-known species of them: -- the common baboon of North Africa, the "papion" of the south and western coast, the "hamadryas" or "tartarin" of Abyssinia, the