\ ˈchimp, sometimes ˈshimp\

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As this story suggests, there can be a striking similarity between works of abstract expressionism and paintings by children—or even by chimps, monkeys and elephants. Ellen Winner, WSJ, "Could Your Child Really Paint That?," 19 Oct. 2018 The couple who maintain the zoo of thirteen dogs and two old chimps. Smith Henderson, Popular Mechanics, "Olympia," 20 Nov. 2017 And in 2016, Azalea the chimp at Pyongyang, North Korea’s Central Zoo gained notoriety for her ability to both light a cigarette and smoke it. Kelli Bender,, "Video Showing Zoo Guests Throwing Lit Cigarettes at Chimp Addicted to Smoking Causes Outrage," 7 June 2018 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

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1877, in the meaning defined above

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to gather or build up little by little

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