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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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 Back in March, Mussa — a baby chimpanzee who had been rescued from poachers in the Democratic Republic of Congo — shot to fame when he was flown to safety by pilot Anthony Caere, courtesy of Lwiro Primates and Virunga National Park. Dave Quinn,, "Rescue Chimp Goes Bananas When Reunited with Old Caretakers," 29 June 2018 And chimpanzees will help each other without expecting anything in return. David Scharfenberg,, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018 Jane Goodall and others have largely proved that chimpanzees grieve by collecting detailed accounts of death events. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "Do dolphins feel grief?," 19 June 2018 Hobaiter has also explained that chimpanzees behave strangely around waterfalls. National Geographic, "What You Think You Know About Animals? Probably Not True," 26 May 2018 In addition to three species of orangutan, the other living species of great ape are western and eastern gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and, of course, humans. Sean Greene,, "A rare great ape, a 130-foot-tall tree and an extinct marsupial lion make the Top 10 New Species list for 2018," 23 May 2018 Steven Wise, an attorney for the group, Nonhuman Rights Project, has argued in state courts that elephants and chimpanzees should have the same legal rights as people. Washington Post, "Court sides with human in copyright fight over monkey selfie," 23 Apr. 2018 SUBSCRIBE NOW Gracie is the third chimpanzee born at the Kansas City Zoo in as many years. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Kansas City Zoo welcomes female baby chimpanzee | The Kansas City Star," 12 Jan. 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, 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, 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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