Definition of Great ape

1. Noun. Any of the large anthropoid apes of the family Pongidae.

Exact synonyms: Pongid
Generic synonyms: Anthropoid Ape
Group relationships: Family Pongidae, Pongidae
Specialized synonyms: Orang, Orangutan, Orangutang, Pongo Pygmaeus, Gorilla, Gorilla Gorilla, Chimp, Chimpanzee, Pan Troglodytes

Definition of Great ape

1. Noun. An ape of the family Hominidae, having a mostly hairless face, hands with complex fingerprints, and flat fingernails. Includes the gorilla and chimpanzee (subfamily Homininae), and orangutan (subfamily Ponginae). Usage may vary to either include or exclude humans (members of Homininae subfamily). ¹

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Literary usage of Great ape

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Gentleman's Magazine (1883)
"... and the implied muscularity of jaws and body, justly serve to render this great ape a formidable antagonist to his higher neighbour, man himself. ..."

2. Primitive Traditional History: The Primitive History and Chronology of India by James Francis Katherinus Hewitt (1907)
"In Egypt the national house was the heavens' palace built by the great ape-god ... the Arabian great ape Repha the giant, was the ruling god, ..."

3. The Windsor Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly for Men and Women (1914)
"Ah," I said, " a great ape ! I thought as much. Well, and how long has this brute been a ... How are we to come into the place where this great ape lives ? ..."

4. An Universal Etymological English Dictionary Nathan Bailey by Nathan Bailey (1724)
"... L> ] very great Ape. GRAND-SEIGNIOR, [«. «. great Lord, Л-i/.Ja Title given to the £mpe- ror of the Turks. ..."

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