hamadryas baboon

hamadryas baboon

[ham-uh-drahy-uhs]
noun
a baboon, Papio (Comopithecus ) hamadryas, of Ethiopia, the male of which has a mantle of long, dark hair about the head and shoulders: held sacred by the ancient Egyptians.
Also called sacred baboon.


Origin:
1930–35; < Neo-Latin hamadryas the specific epithet (see hamadryad)

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