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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Osvath and others found evidence that other great apes, like chimpanzees, bonobos, and orangutans, could choose and save tools for later use.
Leading the apes is Caesar, the chimpanzee played by Andy Serkis, in what is a truly dazzling feat of motion capture performance.
Some chimpanzees have learned to look both ways before crossing busy streets.
On July 21, art collectors and ape lovers alike will have the chance to purchase the art, including pieces from Bubbles, best known as singer Michael Jackson’s former chimpanzee.
A 31-year-old male chimpanzee new to the Kansas City Zoo was killed in an accidental fall Wednesday, the zoo announced.
Now, in a pair of studies, researchers show that chimpanzees will give up a treat in order to help out an unrelated chimp, and that chimps in the wild go out on risky patrols in order to protect even nonkin at home.
Our immediate relatives, chimpanzees and gorillas, have prominent canine teeth in the males, which females lack.
The unanimous decision was another setback for the Nonhuman Rights Project, a group that for several years has sought to persuade New York courts to grant writs of habeas corpus to chimpanzees.
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Origin and Etymology of chimpanzee
Kongo dialect chimpenzi
First Known Use: 1738See Words from the same year
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Definition of chimpanzee for English Language Learners
: an intelligent animal that is a type of ape and that lives mostly in trees in Africa
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Definition of chimpanzee for Students
: an African ape that lives mostly in trees and is smaller than the related gorilla
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