1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for pongid


  1. any primate of the family Pongidae, which includes the gibbons and the great apes
  1. 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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pongid in Science


  1. See anthropoid ape.
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