anthropoid ape


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anthropoid ape

n
(Zoology) any primate of the family Pongidae, having no tail, elongated arms, and a highly developed brain. The group includes gibbons, orang-utans, chimpanzees, and gorillas

an′thropoid ape′


n.
any ape of the families Pongidae and Hylobatidae, anatomically resembling humans and comprising the gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons, and siamangs.
[1830–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anthropoid ape - any tailless ape of the families Pongidae and Hylobatidaeanthropoid ape - any tailless ape of the families Pongidae and Hylobatidae
ape - any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all
Anthropoidea, suborder Anthropoidea - monkeys; apes; hominids
great ape, pongid - any of the large anthropoid apes of the family Pongidae
lesser ape - gibbons and siamangs
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With a start he sat up to see a huge, anthropoid ape squatting at his side, inspecting him intently.
It was approaching through the jungle in a semi-erect position, now and then placing the backs of its closed fists upon the ground--a great anthropoid ape, and, as it advanced, it emitted deep guttural growls and an occasional low barking sound.
Philander are the only people in the world who can swear that the little skeleton found in the cabin with those of your father and mother was that of an infant anthropoid ape, and not the offspring of Lord and Lady Greystoke.
In South America there are, if my memory serves me--you will check the observation, Professor Summerlee--some thirty-six species of monkeys, but the anthropoid ape is unknown.
The Ho-lus, or apes, the Alus and myself were the only creatures of human semblance with which she could hold no converse; yet it was evident that her intelligence told her that I was neither Ho-lu nor Alu, neither anthropoid ape nor speechless man.
There were anthropoid apes and gorillas--these I had no difficulty in recognizing; but there were other forms which I had never before seen, and I was hard put to it to say whether they were ape or man.
O'Neill on the other hand points out that the first picture of an anthropoid ape "appears in Gesner's Historias Animalium in 1587 and earliest known description of what were probably gorillas and chimpanzees, based on the testimony of one Andrew Battell after his 1607 return from a journey to West Africa, appears in a 1625 collection of explorer's narratives assembled by Samuel Purchas" (84).
The infamous anthropoid ape gives a lesson in candor to his famous anthropoid brethren Romeo, Othello, Casanova, Don Giovanni, De Sade, Sacher-Masoch, and Humbert Humbert.