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Barbary ape

n.
A tailless monkey (Macaca sylvana) of Gibraltar and northwestern Africa. Also called magot.

Barbary ape

n
(Animals) a tailless macaque, Macaca sylvana, that inhabits rocky cliffs and forests in NW Africa and Gibraltar: family Cercopithecidae, order Primates

Bar′bary ape′


n.
a tailless macaque, Macaca sylvanus, of mountain ranges in NW Africa and Gibraltar.
[1870–75]
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Noun1.Barbary ape - tailless macaque of rocky cliffs and forests of northwestern Africa and GibraltarBarbary ape - tailless macaque of rocky cliffs and forests of northwestern Africa and Gibraltar
macaque - short-tailed monkey of rocky regions of Asia and Africa
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Gibraltar has a proud military history, some fascinating attractions and, of course, the rather thuggish Barbary apes but for us, having become acclimatised to mainland Europe over the past eight months, with their struggle with English and reliance on the Euro, it was unnerving to be jolted straight back home, to warm beer, pounds sterling, monochrome road signs, traditional traffic lights and, most reassuringly, in Morrisons' loos, Armitage Shanks.
Legend has it that the British will keep the Rock as long as the Barbary Apes remain.
the Barbary apes have been roaming the Barbary apes have been roaming through the British territory, harassing locals and rummaging through bins.
And be careful when you sip - or the light-fingered Barbary apes will steal it.
And be careful when you sip - - or the light-fingered Barbary apes will steal it.
Historian James Hayward writes: "Arthur Owens was more trouble than a barrel of Barbary apes.
Galen's anatomical reports substituted monkeys for men because Roman law forbade dissecting human cadavers; Barbary apes, therefore, served as imitation or counterfeit humans--miniature replicas of our anatomical form or shape lacking the all-important albeit invisible rational soul--that could be experimented on, even tortured, with impunity.
Nobody much needed designer water, or Farmmcoochie boots, or SUVs, or McMansions with enough space for a large colony of Barbary apes, which typically they contained.
Not by the Raffles kind of gentlemen jewel thief, once played by Anthony Valentine, but by the Barbary apes that live on the Rock of Gibraltar.
Legend has it that as tong as the Barbary apes roam the Rock of Gibraltar, it will stay under British rule--as it has been since 1783.