Barbary ape


Bar·​ba·​ry ape ˈbär-b(ə-)rē- How to pronounce Barbary ape (audio)
: a tailless monkey (Macaca sylvanus) of northern Africa and Gibraltar

called also Barbary macaque

Examples of Barbary ape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Janice Mullin and her husband, Jeff, were waiting to tour caves as part of a shore excursion in Gibraltar during a 2012 cruise when a Barbary ape jumped up on a bench beside her. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 9 Feb. 2023

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Word History


barbary coast, Africa

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Barbary ape was in 1775

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“Barbary ape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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