Other Word Forms of Chimpanzee
Origin of Chimpanzee
The first use of the name chimpanzee did not occur until 1738. The name is derived from a Tshiluba language term kivili-chimpenze, which is the local name for the animal and translates loosely as mockman or possibly just ape.
Portuguese from Vili (Bantu language of Congo) ci-mpenzi
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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