Definitions of Baboons

  1. A genus of the subfamily CERCOPITHECINAE, family CERCOPITHECIDAE, consisting of seven named species: P. ursinus ( chacma baboon), P. cynocephalus ( yellow baboon), P. papio ( western or Guinea baboon), P. anubis ( anubis or olive baboon), P. hamadryas ( hamadryas or sacred baboon), P. sphinx ( mandrill), and P. leucophaeus ( drill). Some authors have recognized a separate genus for the drill and mandrill: Mandrillus. The Papio genus is geographically distributed throughout east and west Africa, Arabia, Egypt, and the Sudan.

Usage examples for Baboons

  1. The baboons thought the corn ripe enough, and would soon have made a crop of it, but at this moment their operations were interrupted. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  2. There were some baboons away over by the big kloof. – Tales from the Veld by Ernest Glanville
  3. Now he swears old Randall gave Adams poison or something, and when the two meet they grin at each other like baboons. – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  4. This peak turned out to be densely populated by, baboons. – Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer by W. C. Scully
  5. The baboons in return rolled so many stones down the mountain, some as large as a man's head, that the attackers had to beat a hasty retreat; and the pass was actually for a time closed against the caravan. – The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition) by Charles Darwin
  6. The tree- tops were full of both the brown and blue monkeys, baboons barked at us from a distance, the air was musical with many sweet birds. – African Camp Fires by Stewart Edward White
  7. Twice have I seen the fur fly off av' wan av' thim hairy baboons av' Boers since he starrtud, an' supposin' the air a taste thicker, 'tis punched wid bullet- holes we'd be seem' ut all round 'um, the same as a young lady in the sky- in- terrific dhressmakin' line would be afther jabbin' out the pattern av' a shoot av' clothes. – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  8. When there were any new curiosities in Fleet street,- wild men with rings in their noses, wondrous fishes, puppet- shows, or red- capped baboons whirling on a pole,- Carew would have Nick see them as well as Cicely; and often took them both to Bartholomew's Fair, where there was a giant eating raw beef and a man dancing upon a rope high over the heads of the people. – Master Skylark by John Bennett
  9. Then the four baboons stepped forward and said: In view of your spirit powers, O king, you will find no weapon fit for your use on all the earth! – The Chinese Fairy Book by Various
  10. " Some of the people who entertain baboons at dinner, I suppose," she said through compressed lips. – Her Weight in Gold by George Barr McCutcheon
  11. It must have been sympathy in the cases above given which led the baboons and Cercopitheci to defend their young comrades from the dogs and the eagle. – The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition) by Charles Darwin
  12. The principal neighbours of this family were tigers and baboons. – Six Months at the Cape by R.M. Ballantyne
  13. Well, not exactly lions and gorillas, my boy; but there are plenty of baboons and monkeys there, and lots of tigers. – The Eagle Cliff by R.M. Ballantyne
  14. We used to ride out sometimes after steenboks,- small brown creatures, that made little show when bagged, but then there were huge and horrid vultures to remind one of the sandy desert, and there were pauws- gigantic birds that were splendid eating; and the very thought that I trod on land which little more than quarter of a century back had been marked by the print of the royal lion was in itself sufficient to arouse unwonted interest, which was increased by the knowledge of the fact that the kloofs or glens and gorges of the blue hills on the horizon were at that time the natural homes of leopards or " Cape- tigers" and huge baboons. – Six Months at the Cape by R.M. Ballantyne
  15. The next group of Indian monkeys is that of the Macaques or Magots, or Monkey Baboons of India, the Lal Bundar of the natives. – Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon by Robert A. Sterndale
  16. Here we saw many baboons. – Southern Arabia by Theodore Bent Mabel Bent
  17. And all these are baboons. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  18. The cliff drops almost straight down twelve or fifteen hundred feet, and at its base huge baboons could be seen sporting, quite heedless of an onlooking army. – With the Guards' Brigade from Bloemfontein to Koomati Poort and Back by Edward P. Lowry