chim·​pan·​zee | \ (ˌ)chim-ˌpan-ˈzē How to pronounce chimpanzee (audio) , -pən-ˈzē, -ˈpan-zē How to pronounce chimpanzee (audio) , sometimes (ˌ)shim- \

Definition of chimpanzee

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The family of four and their chimpanzee pal go on a fishing trip and young Jupe and Gordy glimpse through a telescope together, among other sitcomisms. Jessica Wang,, 24 July 2022 This connection is driven home by a few horrifying if discreetly framed flashbacks to an old ’90s family sitcom whose chimpanzee star, Gordy, would appear to have been at least partially inspired by a real-life simian celebrity named Travis. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 Well digging behaviors have been observed previously in areas with dry habitats, and researchers only know of three chimpanzee groups in the savannah that do so, Hella Péter, says in a statement. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 July 2022 Each doll will come with various items, including a pair of binoculars, a field notebook and a miniature replica of David Greybeard, the first male chimpanzee Goodall named and befriended at Gombe National Park in Tanzania. Abigail Adams,, 12 July 2022 In addition to her webcam hobby, Crimson Countess has another surprising passion: chimpanzee activism. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 7 July 2022 That’s because the fossil showed a skull more akin to a chimpanzee. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 3 July 2022 Then, between daily walks with the anti-poaching dogs at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, volunteers can help out at a chimpanzee sanctuary before meeting Najin and Fatu, Sudan's only living descendants. Rachel Rebibo, Travel + Leisure, 9 June 2022 During his lifetime, the place was known for Presley’s costly grocery list, his pet chimpanzee, and even a room that briefly became a recording studio for the musician. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 28 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of chimpanzee

1738, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chimpanzee

Kongo dialect chimpenzi

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chim·​pan·​zee | \ ˌchim-ˌpan-ˈzē How to pronounce chimpanzee (audio) , chim-ˈpan-zē \

Kids Definition of chimpanzee

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


chim·​pan·​zee | \ ˌchim-ˌpan-ˈzē How to pronounce chimpanzee (audio) , ˌshim- How to pronounce chimpanzee (audio) , -pən-; chim-ˈpan-zē, shim- \

Medical Definition of chimpanzee

: 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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