chimpanzee

noun
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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Paige Powell’s first job was teaching chimpanzees sign language at what is now the Oregon Zoo. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Photos: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and More in New Glimpse of ’80s New York," 16 Apr. 2019 Spring in our step Primate feet evolved mostly to grasp while climbing, which is why chimpanzees have more flexible feet than humans and why their big toes are opposable, like our thumbs. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The road to bipedalism wasn’t straight and narrow," 15 Aug. 2018 Four years earlier, five chimpanzees broke out of their enclosures at a zoo in Hanover, in northern Germany. New York Times, "Wild Animals Go Missing at a Zoo, Stirring Fears," 1 June 2018 King is also credited with proving that humans and chimpanzees share 99 percent of the same genes. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "32 Women Who’ve Changed Life As We Know It," 31 Mar. 2019 In Florida, robo-calls mimicked Gillum as jungle sounds and chimpanzee noises were heard in the background. Isaac Stanley-becker, The Seattle Times, "Republicans keep control of the Senate; Democrats claim House majority," 7 Nov. 2018 Bonobos and chimpanzees are classified as endangered, while the Black Spider Monkey is listed as vulnerable. James Rogers, Fox News, "Mysterious remains of extinct ape discovered in ancient Chinese tomb," 22 June 2018 An appeals court in New York last year rejected the chimpanzee case, saying there was no legal precedent for the animals being considered people, and their cognitive capabilities didn’t mean they could be held legally accountable for their actions. Washington Post, "Court sides with human in copyright fight over monkey selfie," 23 Apr. 2018 Patty, the matriarch of the Kansas City Zoo's chimpanzee troupe, has died. David Frese, kansascity, "One of the oldest female chimps in U.S. zoos dies in Kansas City at age 55 | The Kansas City Star," 13 Apr. 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

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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

chimpanzee

noun
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

chimpanzee

noun
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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