eastern lowland gorilla


See under gorilla.

Definition for eastern lowland gorilla (2 of 2)


[ guh-ril-uh ]
/ gəˈrɪl ə /


the largest of the anthropoid apes, Gorilla gorilla, terrestrial and vegetarian, of western equatorial Africa and the Kivu highlands, comprising the subspecies G. g. gorilla (western lowland gorilla), G. g. graueri (eastern lowland gorilla), and G. g. beringei (mountain gorilla): now rare.
an ugly, brutish person.
Slang. a hoodlum or thug, especially one who threatens or inflicts violence.

Origin of gorilla

1790–1800; < New Latin < Greek Goríllās (accusative plural) name for the females of a hairy tribe encountered in Hanno's account of his voyage along the coast of Africa (5th century b.c.)

Related forms

go·ril·la·like, adjectivego·ril·li·an, go·ril·line [guh-ril-ahyn, -in] /gəˈrɪl aɪn, -ɪn/, adjectivego·ril·loid, adjective

Can be confused

gorilla guerrilla
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British Dictionary definitions for eastern lowland gorilla


/ (ɡəˈrɪlə) /


the largest anthropoid ape, Gorilla gorilla, inhabiting the forests of central W Africa. It is stocky and massive, with a short muzzle and coarse dark hair
informal a large, strong, and brutal-looking man

Derived Forms

gorilla-like, adjectivegorillian or gorilline (ɡəˈrɪlaɪn), adjectivegorilloid, adjective

Word Origin for gorilla

C19: New Latin, from Greek Gorillai, an African tribe renowned for their hirsute appearance
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