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A grayish to dark brown or black baboon (Papio ursinus) of southern Africa, having a distinctively downward-pointing face.

[Possibly of Khokhoin origin.]


(Animals) a baboon, Papio (or Chaeropithecus) ursinus, having coarse greyish hair and occurring in southern and eastern Africa
[C19: from Khoikhoi]


(ˈtʃæk mə)

n., pl. -mas.
a large, brown-gray baboon, Papio ursinus, of S Africa.
[1825–35; (< Dutch) < Khoikhoi]
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He clearly references the racist stereotypes prevalent at the time, which Pechey (2006:43) terms the "aboriginality" of baboons in South African discourse, in which "comparison between South Africa's indigenous populations and chacma baboons" is a given.
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Here, chacma baboons, conventionally framed as nonentities without rights, have suffered specifically at the confluence of speciesism and racism in apartheid history.
Pechey, Laura 2006 Problem Animals, Indigeneity and Land: The Chacma Baboon in South African Writing.
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