Origin of gorilla
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Sitting up there at that little spindly-legged organ, he looked enormous, bigger than life, like a gorilla at a harpsichord.
Then twelve guys come out and beat the gorilla over the head.The Stacks: Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself: Robert Mitchum|Robert Ward|July 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kerr was adamant that the gorilla tie was not a statement about evolution, but “about life.”Crucifixes, Gorillas, and Adult Diapers: My March Against Gay Marriage|Olivia Nuzzi|June 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In one mortuary, she observes the very hairy body of a dead fascist, “the nearest human thing I have ever seen to a gorilla.”Death Became Her: Molly Lefebure’s Wartime Years of Murder and Suicide|Tim Teeman|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By around 2005, Rick Ross, Joell Ortiz, and Gorilla Zoe were some of the only ones left.Where Have All the Fat Rappers Gone? Or, How Hip-Hop Lost All the Weight.|Emilia Petrarca|August 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Its mouth was wider, and the nose less prominent than that of the gorilla.In the Wilds of Africa|W.H.G. Kingston
The ears of the gorilla are very small, and lie close to the sides of the head.Gorillas & Chimpanzees|R. L. Garner
He wore a flannel shirt over his gorilla chest, and corduroy trousers stuffed into high, many-seamed riding boots.The Strength of the Pines|Edison Marshall
The skull of the gorilla contains about five hundred and seventy cubic centimetres.The Whence and the Whither of Man|John Mason Tyler
Like most of the great apes, the gorilla has a most curious way of sheltering itself during a heavy shower of rain.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History|Theodore Wood
Word Origin for gorilla
1847, applied to the apes (Troglodytes gorills) by U.S. missionary Thomas Savage, from Greek gorillai, plural of name given to wild, hairy people in a Greek translation of Carthaginian navigator Hanno's account of his voyage along the N.W. coast of Africa, c.500 B.C.E. Allegedly an African word.
In its inmost recess was an island similar to that formerly described, which contained in like manner a lake with another island, inhabited by a rude description of people. The females were much more numerous than the males, and had rough skins: our interpreters called them Gorillae. We pursued but could take none of the males; they all escaped to the top of precipices, which they mounted with ease, and threw down stones; we took three of the females, but they made such violent struggles, biting and tearing their captors, that we killed them, and stripped off the skins, which we carried to Carthage: being out of provisions we could go no further. [Hanno, "Periplus"]
Of persons perceived as being gorilla-like, from 1884.