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hamadryas baboon

[ham-uh-drahy-uh s]
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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of hamadryas baboon

1930–35; < New Latin hamadryas the specific epithet (see hamadryad)
Also called sacred baboon.
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