1731G. Medleytr. ofP. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H.I. 202In the Choice of Roots and Fruits for Food they follow..the Bavian, a Sort of Ape; and will not taste of any Sort which those creatures do not feed upon.
1838J.E. AlexanderExped. into Int.I. 73Now we cannot lift a hand to a Hottentot baviaan (ape) without having to go before the magistrate for it.
1896H.A. BrydenTales of S. Afr. 225Sooner than think myself akin to such a race as that little dressed-up baviaan (baboon) my husband has been telling you of, I would disown my own blood.
‖2. As a qualifier, especially in plant names, often signifying species unsuitable for human consumption, or associated with baboons: see quotations.See also bobbejaan sense 2.
1917R. MarlothDict. of Common Names of Plants 9Baviaansappel, A gall on Asparagus strictus...Baviaanskers, = Bergcypres. Baviaansklauw, = Luisjes. Baviaanskost, Hydnora africana...Baviaansoor, Eriospermum latifolium...Baviaansstaart, Barbacenia retinervis...Baviaansuintje, v. Uintje and Monkey-bulb.
1986J. & I. Rudnertr. ofCarl Peter Thunberg 1772–5 158The Gladiolus plicatus appears to be the most favourite plant with those that live near the Cape, for which reason also this plant is known by the name of the baviaan.
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