bonobo

noun
bo·​no·​bo | \ bə-ˈnō-bō How to pronounce bonobo (audio) ; ˈbä-nə-bō How to pronounce bonobo (audio) , -nō- \
plural bonobos

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

Examples of bonobo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Four more animals — one bonobo and three gorillas — got their first shot this month and will get a second one in April. Fox News, "Zoos, scientists aim to protect animals from people spreading coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2021 Seventeen months later, the young bonobo had acquired a vocabulary of 50 words. Kevin Miyazaki, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Can Bonobos Teach Us About the Nature of Language?," 10 Aug. 2020 Our closest relatives, the great apes—bonobos, chimpanzees, and orangutans—have exhibited theory of mind in some experiments. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Great apes pass a false-belief test, hinting at a theory of mind," 9 Nov. 2019 All were welcomed, even a cat on meds stowed with luggage and a pregnant bonobo. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "‘Come From Away’ lands its irresistible, life-affirming message about the joys of welcoming strangers," 12 July 2019 In recent years, scientists have tested various species and found evidence that nonvocal learners such as sea lions and bonobos have rhythm too. Quanta Magazine, "The Beasts That Keep the Beat," 22 Mar. 2016 His answer is that bonobos have domesticated themselves. John Hawks, WSJ, "‘The Goodness Paradox’ Review: The Benefits of Good Breeding," 25 Jan. 2019 Chimpanzee males intimidate and beat females; bonobo males do not. John Hawks, WSJ, "‘The Goodness Paradox’ Review: The Benefits of Good Breeding," 25 Jan. 2019 As the primatologist Frans de Waal has put it, bonobos make love, not war. John Hawks, WSJ, "‘The Goodness Paradox’ Review: The Benefits of Good Breeding," 25 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of bonobo

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bonobo

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27 Mar 2021

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“Bonobo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bonobo. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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bonobo

noun
bo·​no·​bo | \ bə-ˈnō-bō; ˈbä-nə-bō How to pronounce bonobo (audio) , -nō- How to pronounce bonobo (audio) \

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

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