Barbary ape

noun
Bar·​ba·​ry ape | \ ˈbär-b(ə-)rē- How to pronounce Barbary ape (audio) \

Definition of Barbary ape

: a tailless monkey (Macaca sylvanus) of northern Africa and Gibraltar

called also Barbary macaque

First Known Use of Barbary ape

1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Barbary ape

barbary coast, Africa

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“Barbary ape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Barbary%20ape. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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