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bonobo

[ buh-noh-boh ]
/ bəˈnoʊ boʊ /
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noun, plural bo·no·bos.
a small chimpanzee, Pan paniscus, primarily of swamp forests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, having long legs, black face, pink lips, and parted hair on its head: an endangered species.
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Formerly pygmy chimpanzee .

Origin of bonobo

First recorded in 1950–55; origin uncertain; probably from a Bantu language spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
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British Dictionary definitions for bonobo

bonobo
/ (ˈbɒnəbəʊ) /

noun
an anthropoid ape, Pan paniscus, of central W Africa: similar to the chimpanzee but much smaller and having a black faceAlso called: pygmy chimpanzee

Word Origin for bonobo

C20: from W African language
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