Definition of mandrill in English:

mandrill

noun

  • A large West African baboon with a brightly colored red and blue face, the male having a blue rump.

    • ‘The head and body of the mandrill reach about 38 inches, the tail 30 inches.’
    • ‘Her work with the large African monkeys known as mandrills shows that red coloration gives males an advantage when it comes to mating.’
    • ‘And Gabon offers less, in that most of the country is thick, green jungle, and you might only catch a glimpse of a mandrill or a gorilla heading in the wrong direction.’
    • ‘One of the most fascinating questions is why male mandrills sport such bright colors.’
    • ‘Other new arrivals to the park this winter will include mandrills and bamboo lemurs.’
    • ‘We currently have no estimate for the number of mandrills left in the wild.’
    • ‘When a mandrill bares its teeth, it is not threatening to attack, but rather showing a submissive behavior.’
    • ‘Now the research at Lope is showing that, behaviourally, mandrills are a class unto themselves.’
    • ‘Viarruel said calls had been made by his colleagues to the Ministry of Public Utilities and Environment to repair the boxes where the chimpanzees and mandrills slept.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: probably from man + drill.

Pronunciation

mandrill

/ˈmændrəl//ˈmandrəl/