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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.]
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(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]
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(bəˈnoʊ boʊ)

n., pl. -bos.
a small chimpanzee, Pan paniscus, primarily of swamp forests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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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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