anthropoid ape

[ an-thruh-poid eyp ]
/ ˈæn θrəˌpɔɪd ˈeɪp /
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any member of the former taxonomic suborder Anthropoidea, under which New World monkeys, Old World monkeys, and apes, including humans, were grouped: modern classification groups these under the suborder Haplorhini along with the tarsiers.
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Also called anthropoid .

Origin of anthropoid ape

First recorded in 1830–40
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British Dictionary definitions for anthropoid ape

anthropoid ape

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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Scientific 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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