chimpanzee

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noun chim·pan·zee \(ˌ)chim-ˌpan-ˈzē, -pən-ˈzē, -ˈpan-zē sometimes (ˌ)shim-\

Definition of chimpanzee

  1. :  an anthropoid ape (Pan troglodytes) of equatorial Africa that is smaller and more arboreal than the gorilla — compare bonobo

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Origin and Etymology of chimpanzee

Kongo dialect chimpenzi


First Known Use: 1738


CHIMPANZEE Defined for English Language Learners

chimpanzee

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noun chim·pan·zee \(ˌ)chim-ˌpan-ˈzē, -pən-ˈzē, -ˈpan-zē sometimes (ˌ)shim-\

Definition of chimpanzee for English Language Learners

  • : an intelligent animal that is a type of ape and that lives mostly in trees in Africa


CHIMPANZEE Defined for Kids

chimpanzee

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noun chim·pan·zee \ˌchim-ˌpan-ˈzē, chim-ˈpan-zē\

Definition of chimpanzee for Students

  1. :  an African ape that lives mostly in trees and is smaller than the related gorilla


Medical Dictionary

chimpanzee

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noun chim·pan·zee \ˌchim-ˌpan-ˈzē, ˌshim-, -pən-; chim-ˈpan-zē, shim-\

Medical Definition of chimpanzee

  1. :  an anthropoid ape of the genus Pan (P. troglodytes) found in equatorial Africa that is smaller and more arboreal than the gorilla—see bonobo



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