- any anthropoid primate of the family Pongidae, comprising the gorilla, chimpanzee, and orangutan; a great ape.
- pertaining to or being a great ape.
Origin of pongid
1950–55; < New Latin Pongidae family name, equivalent to Pong(o) type genus (said to be < Kongo mpongi, mpungu ape) + -idae -id2
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- any primate of the family Pongidae, which includes the gibbons and the great apes
- of, relating to, or belonging to the family Pongidae
Word Origin for pongid
from New Latin Pongo type genus, from Kongo mpongi ape
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- See anthropoid ape.
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