[chim-pan-zee, chim-pan-zee] /ˌtʃɪm pænˈzi, tʃɪmˈpæn zi/

a large, somewhat arboreal anthropoid ape, Pan troglodytes, of equatorial Africa, having a brown-to-black coat, a relatively hairless face with a rounded muzzle, prominent ears, and hands adapted for knuckle-walking, noted for its intelligence and humanlike behavior: now greatly reduced in number and threatened with extinction in the wild.
a gregarious and intelligent anthropoid ape, Pan troglodytes, inhabiting forests in central W Africa

1738, from a Bantu language of Angola (cf. Tshiluba kivili-chimpenze “ape”). Short form chimp first attested 1877.


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