\ˈchimp, sometimes ˈshimp \

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Human anatomy devotes more space in the skull to the brain than a chimp’s does. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What humpback whales can teach us about alien languages," 6 Dec. 2018 Setchell points out how much social variability exists just within the great apes: gorilla groups are often based around just one male; male chimps form coalitions; and orangutans are solitary. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Gorillas that are great with kids are also luckier in love," 18 Oct. 2018 Sorry, the people pushing a moral crisis today and previous campaigns were flinging mud like chimps on Metamucil. Fox News, "Gutfeld: It's the cry babies vs. the jerk," 8 Sep. 2018 At its very topmost branch sits the word Menschen, ‘people,’ flanked below (not side by side) with gorillas and orangutans and chimps. . . . David P. Barash, WSJ, "‘The Tangled Tree’ Review: From Tiny Seeds," 9 Aug. 2018 Period re-creation is also first rate and, for animal fans, there’s eye candy aplenty in the form of giraffes, lions, chimps, flamingos and, of course, one soulful elephant. Gary Goldstein,, "A boy and his elephant charm in World War II-set drama 'Zoo'," 5 June 2018 The study doesn’t mean chimps, who rarely take hot showers and are not known to operate washing machines, are really cleaner than humans. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Your Bed Is Dirtier Than a Chimp’s," 18 May 2018 Parasites, such as ticks and fleas, were also scarce in chimp beds. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Who Has the 'Cleaner' Bed: Chimps or Humans?," 15 May 2018 The new event will raise money for that center as well as the Save the Chimps sanctuary in Fort Pierce which is home to 248 chimps, according to the gallery. Johnny Diaz,, "Michael Jackson's pet chimp Bubbles and other celebrity apes will have art exhibit in Miami," 19 June 2018

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1877, in the meaning defined above

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