[ chim-pan-zee, chim-pan-zee ]
/ ˌtʃɪm pænˈzi, tʃɪmˈpæn zi /


a large, somewhat arboreal anthropoid ape, Pan troglodytes, of equatorial Africa, having a brown-to-black coat, a relatively hairless face with a rounded muzzle, prominent ears, and hands adapted for knuckle-walking, noted for its intelligence and humanlike behavior: now greatly reduced in number and threatened with extinction in the wild.

Origin of chimpanzee

First recorded in 1730–40; presumably < a Bantu language of the Atlantic coast Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chimpanzee

/ (ˌtʃɪmpænˈziː) /


a gregarious and intelligent anthropoid ape, Pan troglodytes, inhabiting forests in central W Africa

Word Origin for chimpanzee

C18: from Kongo dialect
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