bonobo


bo·no·bo

noun \bə-ˈnō-bō; ˈbä-nə-bō, -nō-\
plural bo·no·bos

Definition of BONOBO

:  a rare anthropoid ape (Pan paniscus) that has a more slender build and longer limbs than the related common chimpanzee (P. troglodytes) and that inhabits a small geographic region in equatorial Africa south of the Congo River —called also pygmy chimpanzee

Origin of BONOBO

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1954

Rhymes with BONOBO

bo·no·bo

noun \bə-ˈnō-bō; ˈbä-nə-bō, -nō-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BONOBO

: a rare anthropoid ape of the genus Pan (P. paniscus) that has a more slender build and longer limbs than the related common chimpanzee (P. troglodytes)—called also pygmy chimpanzee

bonobo

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Species (Pan paniscus) of great ape. It was once considered a subspecies of the chimpanzee, which it closely resembles in size, appearance, and way of life. Its range, the lowland rainforests of central Congo (Kinshasa), is more restricted than that of the chimpanzee, and it has longer, more slender arms, a more slender body, and a less protruding face. Bonobos eat mainly fruits but also leaves, seeds, grass, and small animals. They form communities of 50–120 individuals. A striking feature of their social lives is that they engage in sexual activity with great frequency, often as a means of settling quarrels, and with little regard for gender or age. Populations are shrinking, largely because of hunting and habitat destruction, and bonobos are an endangered species.

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