baboon

Definitions

  • "Mrs. Baboon and her family escaped unhurt."
    "Mrs. Baboon and her family escaped unhurt."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n baboon large terrestrial monkeys having doglike muzzles
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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The baboons eat as the man looks on The baboons eat as the man looks on

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The ancient Egyptians trained baboons to wait on tables.
    • n Baboon (Zoöl) One of the Old World Quadrumana, of the genera Cynocephalus and Papio; the dog-faced ape. Baboons have dog-like muzzles and large canine teeth, cheek pouches, a short tail, and naked callosities on the buttocks. They are mostly African. See Mandrill, and Chacma, and Drill an ape.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A male baboon can kill a leopard.
    • n baboon A quadrumanous animal of the old world, of the subfamily Cynopithecinæ, and especially of either of the genera Cynocephalus (or Papio) and Mandrilla (or Mormon). The baboon has a large prominent muzzle and a low facial angle, constituting a physiognomy to which the term “dog-faced” has been applied. It has cheek-pouches, large canine teeth, tail usually short (whence the term “pig-tailed” applied to some), and large bare ischial callosities, often gayly colored. Its fore and hind limbs are proportionate, so that the animal can go upon all-fours like ordinary quadrupeds, or sit upright like most other monkeys. Baboons are generally large, heavy animals, some equaling a mastiff in size and weight, and are among the most sullen, intractable, ferocious, and filthy brutes of the order to which they belong. Most of them are African, and they are usually gregarious, going in large troops, and feeding on fruits, roots, birds' eggs, insects, etc. Among those which have special names are the anubis, chacma, mandrill, drill, etc. Some of the Quadrumana which belong technically to the same group as the baboons do not usually take the name, as the black ape of Celebes, Cynopithecus niger, and the Barbary ape, Inuus ecaudatus; while some monkeys of other groups are occasionally called baboons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A baboon called Jackie became a private in the South African army in World War I.
    • n Baboon ba-bōōn′ a species of large monkey, having a long face, dog-like tusks, large lips, and a short tail
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Quotations

  • Ezra Pound
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    “There once was a brainy baboon who always breathed down a bassoon for he said, It appears that in billions of years I shall certainly hit on a tune.”
  • Aldous Huxley
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    “Single-mindedness is all very well in cows or baboons; in an animal claiming to belong to the same species as Shakespeare it is simply disgraceful.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. babewin, baboin, fr. F. babouin, or LL. babewynus,. Of unknown origin; cf. D. baviaan, G. pavian, baboon, F. babine, lip of ape, dogs, etc., dial. G. bäppe, mouth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. babouin; remoter origin unknown.

Usage

In literature:

Simultaneously they rushed towards the baboons, baying savagely as they ran.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
A baboon has no such rights; neither has a woman in her highest state of existence here.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
Chimpanzees, monkeys, baboons, and many other creatures, were tested in the Zoological Gardens.
"Life of Charles Darwin" by G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany
The baboon is also a frequent emblem of his, but he is never figured with the {33} baboon head.
"The Religion of Ancient Egypt" by W. M. Flinders Petrie
Gaw set on a chair like a man, an' not squat there like a baboon.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
Did he refer to chimpanzees, baboons, gorillas or other species?
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, July 8, 1914" by Various
You've only yourself to blame for being locked in, because we expected the baboon himself and couldn't trust you in his presence.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
They may throne a wooden god or a baboon for a short moment, but that moment soon passes.
"Shoulder-Straps" by Henry Morford
But the ape's baboons were much frightened.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
Ye've many a steak to eat with me, ye contrary little baboon.
"Money Magic" by Hamlin Garland
He cursed himself out loud for an ignorant baboon and left Wilhelmina in tears.
"Wunpost" by Dane Coolidge
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
The old yellow-fanged dog-baboon that was chained to a post in the yard had a dangerous trick of throwing stones.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 4, August 1908" by Various
I think I know what the first two are, but what in the name of a blue baboon is a cyberneticist?
"The Caves of Fear" by John Blaine
The baboon used to be allowed to run loose, and accompany us in our quiet walks, and would follow like a dog.
"Sporting Scenes amongst the Kaffirs of South Africa" by Alfred W. Drayson
Again the river forces itself between deep precipices, where the baboon alone can ascend or descend.
"Adventures of Hans Sterk" by A.W. Drayson
Only a troop of baboons kicking up a row in the kopjes.
"The Triumph of Hilary Blachland" by Bertram Mitford
Looking about him, roused by the noise, he was just in time to save the baboon's life.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
I didn't bargain for these adventures; they are only fit for baboons.
"Tales of South Africa" by H.A. Bryden
So poor old Greenway's ghost may rest absolved in the matter, likewise the Enemy of mankind and the preternaturally accomplished baboon.
"Renshaw Fanning's Quest" by Bertram Mitford
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In poetry:

Nay, quoth baboon,
I do deny that strain:
I have more knavery in me
than you twain.
"The Ape, the Monkey, and Baboon" by Thomas Weelkes
Tush, quoth baboon,
when men do know I come,
For sport from city, country
they will run.
"The Ape, the Monkey, and Baboon" by Thomas Weelkes
The Big Baboon is found upon
The plains of Cariboo:
He goes about with nothing on
(A shocking thing to do).
"The Big Baboon" by Hilaire Belloc
But if he dressed up respectably
And let his whiskers grow,
How like this Big Baboon would be
To Mister So-and-so!
"The Big Baboon" by Hilaire Belloc
Above the cold Cordilleras hung
The winged eagle and the Moon:
The gold, snow-throated orchid sprung
From gloom where peers the dark baboon:
"In Time Like Glass" by Walter James Turner
But, dear Johnny, as you said, he's just a lampoon,
And as ugly and as ignorant as a wild baboon;
And, as far as I can judge or think,
He is a vendor of strong drink.
"Lines in Reply to the Beautiful Poet Who Welcomed News of McGonagall's Departure from Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Baboons choosy about dinner partners, study finds.
0 Chacma baboons are picky about whom they forage with, according to a study published in the American Naturalist.
NATURE Clever Monkeys Baboon Hunts Baby Gazelle PBS.
A baboon monkey (Papio hamadryas), born in captivity two months ago, remains with its parents at the zoo in Cali, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia, on January 11, 2012.
Baboons can distinguish between written words and gibberish.
Baboons live in large harems, and there's a robust population now, even though it had dwindled in the 1970s.
PREMENSTRUAL PROBLEMS SEEM TO BESET BABOONS.
A study in baboons reinforces what's been found in humans—higher social status is linked to better health.
Now they look like a factory bike serviced by an uncoordinated baboon.
And you know uncoordinated baboon's won't give good pit board signals, or pack your gate well.
National Geographic's 'Big Baboon House' TV series blasted as ' unethical ' (VIDEO).
Ass Baboons of Venus Low Rent Insect Spanking the Species Stingy Banana Records.
Gut -busting food, rides, baboons join state fair.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Fried Kool-Aid on a stick, livestock shows, carnival games and a troupe of performing baboons await patrons of the Arkansas State Fair, organizers said of the annual event, which opened Friday.
Williams has used training to get the African baboons, who are not usually keen on being around humans, to allow keepers to listen to their heartbeats.
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In science:

We have applied the above algorithm on many standard test images, e.g., Lena, Baboon, House and Peppers etc.
Random matrix route to image denoising
In order to study the reconstruction process, Floyd-Steinberg dither was applied on two gray images (Pepper and Baboon).
Undithering using linear filtering and non-linear diffusion techniques
The functional significance of baboon grooming behavior.
Stochastic evolutionary game dynamics
Individual contributions to a dyadic interaction: An analysis of baboon grooming.
Stochastic evolutionary game dynamics
Figure 5: Progressive image reconstruction of cameraman and baboon using our new bio-inspired coder.
Streaming an image through the eye: The retina seen as a dithered scalable image coder
Finally, at the optimal observation tobs = t∗ obs = 52ms all the fine details of the image, including the coat and the background details, are clearly distinguished in the dithered case while still blurry or invisible in the noiseless case. A second example is given in Figure 11 for the baboon test image.
Streaming an image through the eye: The retina seen as a dithered scalable image coder
The central image is a sharpened version of baboon.
Streaming an image through the eye: The retina seen as a dithered scalable image coder
Figure 11: Perceptual impact of the multiscale dithering on the reconstruction of baboon.
Streaming an image through the eye: The retina seen as a dithered scalable image coder
This improvement is based on data given in ref. , fig.5, about baboons and lions.
The Penna model for biological ageing on a lattice: spatial consequences of child-care
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