: any of a family (Pongidae) of apes that includes the chimpanzee, gorilla, and orangutan
pongid adjective

Word History


ultimately from Kongo mpongi ape

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pongid was in 1949

Dictionary Entries Near pongid

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“Pongid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pongid. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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