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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Zoo workers moved elephants, giraffes, chimpanzees and hundreds of other species indoors for safety. Jennifer Kay, Fox News, "WHAT'S HAPPENING: Rescues needed in Florence's heavy rains," 14 Sep. 2018 The difference is reactive aggression—extremely high in chimpanzees, low in humans. John Hawks, WSJ, "‘The Goodness Paradox’ Review: The Benefits of Good Breeding," 25 Jan. 2019 Pogo is a talking chimpanzee who is also Sir Hargreeves' closest confidant. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Meet the Cast of "The Umbrella Academy" and Their Characters," 26 Feb. 2019 The paper cites, for instance, studies of favors apparently given and repaid among species ranging from chimpanzees (exchanging grooming for food) to vampire bats (sharing regurgitated blood). Jennifer Breheny Wallace, WSJ, "For Couples, Gratitude Is a Boomerang," 12 Oct. 2018 Roughly 6 million years ago, our chimpanzee ancestors migrated from the dense rainforest to the open savannah in East Africa. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why humans evolved into such good bullshitters," 6 Dec. 2018 Even Jane Goodall, the famed chimpanzee expert, admits that there’s a possibility that a undiscovered large primate may exist in the world. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Science Meets Legend: The Story of Our Search for Bigfoot," 8 Oct. 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of chimpanzee

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


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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