baviaan’s touw, noun phrase

Forms:
babiaan-touw, babian touwShow more Also babiaan-touw, babian touw, baviaan’s tauw, baviaanstouw, baviaan’s-tow, baviaan-touw, bavianstau, bavians tow, and with initial capitals.
Plurals:
baviaan’s touwe.
Origin:
South African Dutch, EnglishShow more South African Dutch, baviaan baboon (+ English possessive -’s) + touw rope.
obs.
monkey-rope. See also baviaan sense 2.
[1773 C.P. Thunberg in C.A. Smith Common Names (1966) 134Incolis, Bavian’s tou.]
1949 J. Rose Innes in F.G. Butler When Boys Were Men (1969) 271Picking our way among great trees, draped with moss and festooned with a tangle of wild vine and babiaan-touw.
monkey-rope.

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