Definition of chacma baboon in English:

chacma baboon


  • A dark grey baboon which lives on the savannah of southern Africa.

    Papio ursinus, family Cercopithecidae

    • ‘But the friendships they are concerned with are not those that develop among humans, but rather those of the chacma baboons that inhabit southern Africa's Zambezi region.’
    • ‘In her article, however, she includes the photograph of a young chacma baboon.’
    • ‘During 23 months we observed 110 inter-group interactions involving four groups of chacma baboons in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.’
    • ‘The chacma baboon is a frugivorous species, but leaves also constitute a major part of the diet.’
    • ‘He also observed chacma baboons at length and he was the father of the scientific study of the behaviour of primates.’


Mid 19th century: from Khoikhoi.


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