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anthropoid ape

noun
1.
any tailless ape of the families Pongidae and Hylobatidae, anatomically resembling humans, and comprising the gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons and siamangs.
Origin of anthropoid ape
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40
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Examples from the Web for anthropoid ape
Historical Examples
  • In the anthropoid ape we already find the family, but not the clan.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • The anthropoid ape, like man, has only the rudiment of a tail.

  • Must we run in fear because an anthropoid ape has come into this clearing?

    Brood of the Dark Moon Charles Willard Diffin
  • In this respect the anthropoid ape stands upon a higher plane than many men.

  • No physician, even twenty steps away, could mistake the pelvis of man for that of an anthropoid ape.

    Facts And Fictions Of Life Helen H. Gardener
  • It forms almost as marked a precipitate when it is mingled with the blood of an anthropoid ape.

  • But the teeth are human teeth, and the jaw seems transitional between that of an anthropoid ape and that of man.

  • The accompanying cut (Fig. 29) shows how to make the hand of an anthropoid ape so that it shall be as natural as life.

  • All have a larger or smaller share of it, from the live atom to the anthropoid ape, that hideous caricature of man.

    The Mason-bees J. Henri Fabre
  • "The anthropoid ape wasn't exactly a monkey, although he may have looked and acted like one," laughed Donald.

    'Smiles' Eliot H. Robinson
British Dictionary definitions for anthropoid ape

anthropoid ape

noun
1.
any primate of the family Pongidae, having no tail, elongated arms, and a highly developed brain. The group includes gibbons, orang-utans, chimpanzees, and gorillas
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anthropoid ape in Science
anthropoid ape
  (ān'thrə-poid')   
A primate belonging to the family Pongidae, which includes the chimpanzee, bonobo, gorilla, and orangutan. Orangutans are arboreal whereas the other three species are terrestrial or semiarboreal. Anthropoid apes move in trees mainly by arm-swinging and on the ground by quadrupedal walking in which the upper body weight is borne on the knuckles. Also called great ape, pongid. Compare hominid.
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