anthropoid ape

noun
any tailless ape of the families Pongidae and Hylobatidae
Hypernyms: ↑ape
Hyponyms: ↑great ape, ↑pongid, ↑lesser ape
Member Holonyms: ↑Anthropoidea, ↑suborder Anthropoidea

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any tailless ape of the families Pongidae and Hylobatidae, anatomically resembling humans, and comprising the gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons and siamangs.
[1830-40]

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anthropoid ape,
any ape of the family that includes the gorilla, chimpanzee, gibbon, and orangutan, characterized by their general structural resemblance to man, such as lack of a tail and shape and proportion of various bones, and absence of cheek pouches.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • anthropoid ape — noun Date: circa 1837 ape 1b …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • anthropoid ape — any tailless ape of the families Pongidae and Hylobatidae, anatomically resembling humans, and comprising the gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons and siamangs. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

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