mandrill

mandrill

[man-dril]
noun
a large baboon, Mandrillus (or Papio ) sphinx, of western Africa, the male of which has a face brightly marked with blue and scarlet and a muzzle that is ribbed: an endangered species.

Origin:
1735–45; man1 + drill4

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mandrill (ˈmændrɪl)
 
n
an Old World monkey, Mandrillus sphinx, of W Africa. It has a short tail and brown hair, and the ridged muzzle, nose, and hindquarters are red and blue
 
[C18: from man + drill4]

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mandrill
"large baboon," 1744, perhaps ultimately from an African language, but formed into Eng. components man + drill "baboon," which is of W.African origin. The earliest reference reports the name is what the animal was "called by the white men in this country" (Sierra Leone).
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