anthropoid ape

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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. anthropogenic,
  2. anthropogeny,
  3. anthropogeography,
  4. anthropography,
  5. anthropoid,
  6. anthropoid pelvis,
  7. anthropoidea,
  8. anthropol.,
  9. anthropolatry,
  10. anthropological

Origin of anthropoid ape

First recorded in 1830–40

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Examples from the Web for anthropoid ape

  • We may assume that the precursor of man had arrived at the anthropoid-ape level by the middle of the Miocene period.



British Dictionary definitions for anthropoid ape

anthropoid ape

noun

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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Science definitions for anthropoid ape

anthropoid ape

[ănthrə-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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