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Barbary ape

a tailless macaque, Macaca sylvanus, of mountain ranges in northwestern Africa, now greatly reduced in number: a small, managed colony of unknown origin is maintained on the Rock of Gibraltar.
Historical Examples

The magot is sometimes known as the Barbary ape, although of course it is not really an ape at all.
The Animal World, A Book of Natural History Theodore Wood

A monkey with rudimentary tail and red face, allied to the Barbary ape.
Island Life Alfred Russel Wallace

The E. spirula of certain Brazilian monkeys and of the Barbary ape bears a strong resemblance to the species from the hog.
Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold

These characters agree with the pithecos, and not at all with the Barbary ape.
Buffon’s Natural History. Volume IX (of 10) Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

Every fireman, and occasionally an engineer, on the passing trains, had a shot with a lump of coal at the Barbary ape.
Harper’s Young People, July 26, 1881 Various

Beware especially, in this house, of the paws of Marie, the Barbary ape.
The Strand Magazine, Volume VII, Issue 41, May, 1894 Various

The Primates are represented by one form only, the Barbary ape, found in Gibraltar.
Modern Geography Marion I. Newbigin

The Simia Inues, or Barbary ape, seems to be one, as we might expect.
Introduction to the Literature of Europe in the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries, Vol. 1 Henry Hallam

a tailless macaque, Macaca sylvana, that inhabits rocky cliffs and forests in NW Africa and Gibraltar: family Cercopithecidae, order Primates


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