Gorilla meaning

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Either of two large apes (Gorilla gorilla or G. beringei) native to the forests of equatorial Africa, having a stocky body and coarse dark brown or black hair.
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The largest and most powerful of the great apes (Gorilla gorilla), native to the jungles of equatorial Africa: the adult male weighs up to 225 kg (c. 500 lb): it is generally shy, intelligent, and herbivorous.
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Either of two large apes (Gorilla gorilla or G. beringei) native to the forests of equatorial Africa, having a stocky body and coarse dark brown or black hair.
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The largest of the apes, native to the forests of central Africa, and known for its trait of knuckle-walking.
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A big and brutish man or a thug; a goon or ruffian.
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A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Homininae — the gorillas, the largest of the great apes.
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Origin of gorilla

  • New Latin (Trōglodytēs) gorilla former species name from Greek Gorillai a tribe of hairy women perhaps of African origin

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

  • Ancient Greek Γόριλλαι (Gorillai, “a tribe of hairy women”), described by Hanno the Navigator, a Carthaginian navigator and possible visitor to the area that later became Sierra Leone.

    From Wiktionary