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Barbary ape

noun
1.
a tailless macaque, Macaca sylvanus, of mountain ranges in northwestern Africa, now greatly reduced in number: a small, managed colony of unknown origin is maintained on the Rock of Gibraltar.
Origin of Barbary ape
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75
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Barbary ape

noun
1.
a tailless macaque, Macaca sylvana, that inhabits rocky cliffs and forests in NW Africa and Gibraltar: family Cercopithecidae, order Primates
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