One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large Arabian and north-eastern African baboon, the male of which has a silvery-grey cape of hair and a naked red face and rump. It was held sacred in ancient Egypt.
Papio hamadryas, family Cercopithecidae
- ‘The ancient Egyptians considered hamadryas baboons to be the sacred attendants of Thoth, the scribe to the gods.’
- ‘Our data set was comprised of eight species: a Platyrrhini, the white-fronted capuchin monkey, two cercopithecoids: the Barbary macaque and the hamadryas baboon, four hominoids and an outgroup sequence.’
1930s: modern Latin (see hamadryad).
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