- 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 of mandrill
Examples from the Web for mandrill
This story of the mandrill may excuse this pendant of an episode.Heads and Tales
It sounds impossible, yet the mandrill has been known to do so.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
They include the chacma, drill, common baboon, and mandrill.
One shudders to think of the mental humiliation that is daily experienced by the warthog and the mandrill.
The Mandrill, C. mormon (or maimon), has blue ridges on the muzzle, the bridge of the nose being red.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
- 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
Word Origin and History for mandrill
"large baboon," 1744, perhaps ultimately from an African language, but formed into English components man + drill (n.4) "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). French mandrill, Spanish mandril seem to be from English.