Chimpanzee Definition

chĭmpăn-zē, -pən-, chĭm-pănzē
chimpanzees
noun
chimpanzees
Any of a genus (Pan) of great apes of Africa, with black hair and large, protruding ears: it is smaller than a gorilla and is noted for its intelligence.
Webster's New World
The common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), of equatorial central and western Africa, having a stockier build than the bonobo (P. paniscus).
American Heritage Medicine
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Other Word Forms of Chimpanzee

Noun

Singular:
chimpanzee
Plural:
chimpanzees

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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Portuguese from Vili (Bantu language of Congo) ci-mpenzi

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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