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From Middle English babewin, baboin, from Old French babouin, from baboue (grimace, muzzle), of Germanic origin, related to German dialectal Bäppe (muzzle), Middle High German beffen (to bark), Middle English baffen (to bark). See also baff, baffle.



baboon (plural baboons)

  1. (zoology) An Old World monkey of the genus Papio, having dog-like muzzles and large canine teeth, cheek pouches, a short tail, and naked callosities on the buttocks.
    • 1971: Philip José Farmer, Down in the Black Gang: and others; a story collection, page 79 (Nelson Doubleday)
      Mix swallowed the comment he wanted to make, that the council hall stank like a congress of baboons. But he was in no position to insult his host, nor should he. The man was only expressing the attitude of his time.
    • 2012 March-April, John T. Jost, “Social Justice: Is It in Our Nature (and Our Future)?”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 162: 
      He draws eclectically on studies of baboons, descriptive anthropological accounts of hunter-gatherer societies and, in a few cases, the fossil record.

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  • Traditionally, the specific collective noun for baboons is a congress of baboons;[2][3][4][5] however, the non-unique collective nouns troop of baboons and tribe of baboons are also used; moreover, the recently-adopted specific collective noun flange of baboons sees increasing acceptance.[4][6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 baboon” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)
  2. ^ Forum: A Journal for the Teacher of English Outside the United States, volumes 37–40, by the United States Information Agency (1999; self-published), page 46
  3. ^ Design Paradigms: A Sourcebook for Creative Visualization by Warren K. Wake (2000;; ISBN 9780471299769), page 209
  4. 4.0 4.1 500 Creative Classroom Techniques for Teachers and Trainers by Marlene Caroselli (2006; HRD Products; ISBN 0874259223, 9780874259223), page 325
  5. ^ Developing Literacy: Teachers Resource Books 1–5 by Diane Henderson and Rosemary Morris (2007?; R.I.C. Publications; ISBN 9781741265606, 9781741265613, 9781741265620, 9781741265637, 9781741265644), variously pages 28 (book 1), 31 (book 2), 32 (book 3), 33 (book 4), and 37 (book 5)
  6. ^ 陳弈英文筆記 by 陳弈 (2008; Showwe 秀威資訊; ISBN 9789862211250), page 38?