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[jel-uh-duh, juh-lah-]
  1. a large baboonlike cliff-dwelling monkey, Theropithecus gelada, native to mountains of Ethiopia, having a brown coat and, in the male, a luxuriant mane: an endangered species.
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Origin of gelada

1835–45; < Amharic čʾällada; perhaps akin to the Cushitic word for the baboon; compare Oromo jaldeessa
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Historical Examples

  • Almost as odd-looking as the mandrill, though in quite a different way, is the gelada, which is found in Abyssinia.

    The Animal World, A Book of Natural History

    Theodore Wood

  • The gelada inhabits the mountains of Abyssinia, where, like other baboons, it descends in droves to pillage cultivated lands.

British Dictionary definitions for gelada


  1. a NE African baboon, Theropithecus gelada, with dark brown hair forming a mane over the shoulders, a bare red chest, and a ridged muzzle: family CercopithecidaeAlso called: gelada baboon
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Word Origin

probably from Arabic qilādah mane
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