gorilla

[guh-ril-uh]
noun
1.
the largest of the anthropoid apes, Gorilla gorilla, terrestrial and vegetarian, of western equatorial Africa and the Kivu highlands, comprising the subspecies G. g. gorilla (western lowland gorilla) G. g. graueri (eastern lowland gorilla) and G. g. beringei (mountain gorilla) now rare.
2.
an ugly, brutish person.
3.
Slang. a hoodlum or thug, especially one who threatens or inflicts violence.

Origin:
1790–1800; < Neo-Latin < Greek Goríllās (accusative plural) name for a race of hairy women in Hanno's account of his voyage along the coast of Africa (5th century b.c.)

gorillalike, adjective
gorillian, gorilline [guh-ril-ahyn, -in] , adjective
gorilloid, adjective

gorilla, guerrilla.
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gorilla (ɡəˈrɪlə)
 
n
1.  the largest anthropoid ape, Gorilla gorilla, inhabiting the forests of central W Africa. It is stocky and massive, with a short muzzle and coarse dark hair
2.  informal a large, strong, and brutal-looking man
 
[C19: New Latin, from Greek Gorillai, an African tribe renowned for their hirsute appearance]
 
go'rilla-like
 
adj
 
go'rillian
 
adj
 
gorilline
 
adj
 
go'rilloid
 
adj

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gorilla
1847, applied to the apes (Troglodytes gorills) by U.S. missionary Thomas Savage, from Gk. gorillai, pl. of name given to wild, hairy people in Gk. translation of Carthaginian navigator Hanno's account of his voyage along the N.W. coast of Africa, c.500 B.C.E. Allegedly an African word.
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Example sentences
And gorilla was twirling round in the narrow cage, not finding enough room for
  itself.
What's true of the eight-hundred-pound gorilla is true of the colossus that is
  the pharmaceutical industry.
In fact, it's a rabid big gorilla with a machine gun.
The outbreaks also devastated local gorilla and chimpanzee populations.
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