chimpanzee

noun
chim·​pan·​zee | \ (ˌ)chim-ˌpan-ˈzē, -pən-ˈzē, -ˈpan-zē, 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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Paintings by chimpanzees were once sneaked into a museum and mistaken for art that belonged there. Ellen Winner, WSJ, "Could Your Child Really Paint That?," 19 Oct. 2018 That is in striking contrast to our closest primate relatives, chimpanzees, who very rarely live past their 50s. Alison Gopnik, WSJ, "The Cognitive Advantages of Growing Older," 2 Nov. 2018 The species belongs to the same biological family as humans, called Hominoidea, alongside chimpanzees and orangutans. Hannah Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "New ape in town: Kwame makes rare alpha-male debut at Woodland Park Zoo," 9 Nov. 2018 The premiere follows chimpanzees in the jungles of Senegal and Guinea, West Africa, and more specifically the challenges alpha male David faces after several years as the group's leader. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "BBC Earth's "Dynasties" Is a Captivating Look Into the Animal Kingdom," 9 Nov. 2018 It has been assumed that chimpanzees and other non-human primates did not engage in imitation games. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Here are your 2018 Ig Nobel Prize winners," 13 Sep. 2018 Other species with similar practices include chimpanzees in west Africa, macaques in Thailand, and other species of capuchins in South America, New Scientist reported. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Panama monkeys may have begun their own Stone Age, scientists say," 4 July 2018 Now a professor in the Primate Behavior and Ecology Program at Central Washington University, Jensvold has worked with chimpanzees who communicate with sign language since 1986. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "What it's like to be interviewed for a job by Koko the gorilla: 'She had a lot to say'," 22 June 2018 The idea for the latest study was hatched when an anesthesiologist read a book about chimpanzees and their struggle for power over one another, which biologists study by logging different kinds of behavior. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Yelling, cursing less likely to break out in operating rooms when female surgeons are present," 2 July 2018

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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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chimpanzee

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chimpanzee

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

chimpanzee

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

Kids Definition of chimpanzee

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

chimpanzee

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chim·​pan·​zee | \ ˌchim-ˌpan-ˈzē, ˌshim-, -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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