Origin of geladaModL, the species name; of Semitic origin, originally
an Ethiopian baboon (Theropithecus gelada) characterized by a bare red patch on the chest
also gelada baboon
A large African monkey (Theropithecus gelada) of Ethiopia that resembles a baboon but has a bright patch of naked red skin on the chest and a large broad mane covering the shoulders. The gelada has an opposable thumb that it uses to gather grass seeds to eat. Also called gelada baboon .
Origin of geladaAmharic &ccaronlowdot;əllada
- a species of Old World monkey, Theropithecus gelada, distinguished from baboons by the bright patch of skin on their chests.
Amharic ጭላዳ (č̣əlada).
- With the exception of the bare chest, which is reddish flesh-colour, the gelada recalls the Arabian baboon (Papio hamadryas), and from this common feature it has been proposed to place the two species in the same genus.
- The gelada inhabits the mountains of Abyssinia, where, like other baboons, it descends in droves to pillage cultivated lands.
- Squirrels and hares are numerous, as are several kinds of monkeys, notably the guereza, gelada, guenon and dog-faced baboon.