a great ape
Origin of pongid; from Modern Latin Pongidae ; from Kongo mpongi + -idae
- Any of various apes of the subfamily Ponginae, which includes only the orangutans and their extinct relatives.
- Any of various apes of the formerly recognized family Pongidae, which included the chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans. No longer in scientific use.
Origin of pongidFrom New Latin Pongidae, former family name, from Pongo, type genus, from obsolete French pongo, great ape of Africa, of Bantu origin; akin to western dialectal Kongo mpungu, gorilla.