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  1. a large, brownish-gray baboon, Papio ursinus, of southern Africa.
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Origin of chacma

1825–35; (< D) < Khoikhoi, first recorded as chöachamma (1691)
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Related Words for chacma

monkey, chacma, mandrill

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Historical Examples of chacma

  • They include the chacma, drill, common baboon, and mandrill.

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  • It is of a brownish-yellow colour, while the chacma is greyish-black, or in parts black.

  • Who does not feel disgust when regarding the hideous mandrill—the drill—the hamadryas—or even the chacma?

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  • Perhaps the best known of the baboons is the chacma, which is found in South Africa.

British Dictionary definitions for chacma


  1. a baboon, Papio (or Chaeropithecus) ursinus, having coarse greyish hair and occurring in southern and eastern Africa
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Word Origin for chacma

C19: from Khoikhoi
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