bonobo

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

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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 Up there with tiger tooth extraction and female bonobo ejaculation sampling is giving a pregnant shark an ultrasound. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Some Unborn Sharks Swim from Uterus to Uterus Inside Their Mom," 7 Jan. 2019 The water systems for both the gorillas and the bonobos have been disinfected and the zoo has implemented new protocols to disinfect produce, which can be another source of E. coli. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County Zoo gorillas died from gastrointestinal infections, probably E. coli," 7 June 2018 Like human infants, bonobos could distinguish each shape on the basis of its social behaviors. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Bonobos Might Not Be So Laid-Back after All," 4 Jan. 2018 There is Kanzi, the 37-year-old bonobo who can understand hundreds of lexigrams representing words and actions, and can construct sentences by pointing out the correct symbol on a screen. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Koko the Gorilla Wasn't Human, But She Taught Us So Much About Ourselves," 21 June 2018 The authors report that the same process has been shown to effectively re-create the structure of a bonobo brain by morphing a chimpanzee brain, and vice versa. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "The shape, not size, of our ancestors' brains may have helped them outlast Neanderthals," 27 Apr. 2018 In one experiment, 24 bonobos watched a series of cartoons depicting an anthropomorphic circle trying to ascend a hill. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Bonobos Might Not Be So Laid-Back after All," 4 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of bonobo

1954, in the meaning defined above

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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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