Pongid Definition

pŏnjĭd
noun
Any of various apes of the subfamily Ponginae, which includes only the orangutans and their extinct relatives.
American Heritage Medicine
A great ape.
Webster's New World
Any of various apes of the formerly recognized family Pongidae, which included the chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans. No longer in scientific use.
American Heritage Medicine
Synonyms:
great-ape

Other Word Forms of Pongid

Noun

Singular:
pongid
Plural:
pongids

Origin of Pongid

  • From New Latin Pongidae former family name from Pongo type genus from obsolete French pongo great ape of Africa of Bantu origin western dialectal Kongo mpungu gorilla

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

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