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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Evolution is a slow affair, taking some 5 million years to turn a chimpanzee-like creature into us.
The videos showed Officer Durr presenting to children with the help of a toucan, a chimpanzee and a boy in a striped T-shirt.
Recall Copernicus' 16th-century observations that the universe did not revolve around the Earth, and Watson and Crick's DNA strand, which revealed recently that 98 percent of our genetic blueprint is shared with chimpanzees.
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Origin and Etymology of chimpanzee
Kongo dialect chimpenzi
First Known Use: 1738See Words from the same year
CHIMPANZEE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of chimpanzee for Students
: an African ape that lives mostly in trees and is smaller than the related gorilla
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