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 (bə-nō′bō, bŏn′ə-bō′)
n. pl. bo·no·bos
A species of chimpanzee (Pan paniscus) found only in the Congo River basin of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, having black hair and a more slender build than the common chimpanzee (P. troglodytes). Also called pygmy chimpanzee.

[Probably from a misspelling of Bolobo, the name of a town on the Congo River (now in the Democratic Republic of Congo) that was labeled on the crates in which the first living bonobos were sent to Europe.]


(Animals) an anthropoid ape, Pan paniscus, of central W Africa: similar to the chimpanzee but much smaller and having a black face. Also called: pygmy chimpanzee
[C20: from W African language]


(bəˈnoʊ boʊ)

n., pl. -bos.
a small chimpanzee, Pan paniscus, primarily of swamp forests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bonobo - small chimpanzee of swamp forests in Zairebonobo - small chimpanzee of swamp forests in Zaire; a threatened species
genus Pan, Pan - chimpanzees; more closely related to Australopithecus than to other pongids
chimp, chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes - intelligent somewhat arboreal ape of equatorial African forests
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Second, collection of the necessary biomechanical data on (a) the loads experienced by the human hand during tool-use and tool-making, (b) hand use and hand postures used by African apes during locomotion in the wild and, (c) the loads experienced by the bonobo hand during arboreal locomotion.
But you might think otherwise tonight after seeing the hardships one cameraman and his assistant endure in the Congo as they try to film a family of bonobo apes.
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The bonobo and the atheist; in search of humanism among the primates.
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