chimpanzee 1738, from a Bantu language of Angola (Cf. Tshiluba kivili-chimpenze "ape"). Short form chimp first attested 1877.

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  • Chimpanzee — Chim*pan zee (ch[i^]m*p[a^]n z[ e]; 277), n. [From the native name: cf. F. chimpanz[ e], chimpans[ e], chimpanz[ e]e.] (Zo[ o]l.) An african ape ({Pan troglodytes}, formerly {Anthropithecus troglodytes}, or {Troglodytes niger}) which approaches… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chimpanzee — ► NOUN ▪ an anthropoid ape native to west and central Africa. ORIGIN Kikongo (a language of the Congo and surrounding areas) …   English terms dictionary

  • chimpanzee — [chim΄pan zē′, chim pan′zē] n. [Fr chimpanzé < Bantu (Angola) kampenzi] any of a genus (Pan) of great apes of Africa, with black hair and large, protruding ears: it is smaller than a gorilla and is noted for its intelligence …   English World dictionary

  • Chimpanzee — Panina redirects here. For the Russian surname Panina, see Panin. Chimpanzees[1] …   Wikipedia

  • chimpanzee — /chim pan zee , chim pan zee/, n. 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… …   Universalium

  • chimpanzee — UK [ˌtʃɪmpænˈziː] / US [ˌtʃɪmpænˈzɪ] noun [countable] Word forms chimpanzee : singular chimpanzee plural chimpanzees an African animal with black or brown fur that lives and hunts in groups. It belongs to the ape family, which is the most similar …   English dictionary

  • chimpanzée — chimpansé, chimpanzé ou chimpanzée (chin pan sé) s. m. Nom d un très grand singe anthropomorphe, dit aussi troglodyte noir. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Mot de la Guinée ou du Congo, pays où ce singe est indigène …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • chimpanzee — [[t]tʃɪ̱mpænzi͟ː[/t]] chimpanzees N COUNT A chimpanzee is a kind of small African ape …   English dictionary

  • chimpanzee — noun an anthropoid ape with large ears, mainly black coloration, and lighter skin on the face, native to west and central Africa. [Pan troglodytes and P. paniscus (the bonobo or pygmy chimpanzee).] Origin C18: from Fr. chimpanzé, from Kikongo …   English new terms dictionary

  • chimpanzee — /tʃɪmpænˈzi / (say chimpan zee) noun an anthropoid ape, Pan troglodytes, of equatorial Africa, smaller, with larger ears, and more arboreal than the gorilla. {from a Bantu language in Angola; compare Kongo kimphenzi chimpanzee, gorilla} …  

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