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[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.
Compare pygmy chimpanzee.
Origin of chimpanzee
1730-40; presumably < a Bantu language of the Atlantic coast Unabridged
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  • For that matter our closest ancestor the chimpanzee eats meat in the form of monkeys, and such.
  • They are also compared to our closest living relative, the chimpanzee.
  • Nim was a smart and engaging chimpanzee that touched everyone who worked with him.
  • Researchers may get up at dawn hoping to grab chimpanzee faeces that fall from the trees.
  • And it is noticeably different in a human from that in the brain of a chimpanzee.
  • No solemn chimpanzee funerals in the backyard, that's for sure.
  • When he heard a chimpanzee-sounding laugh, he said he started giggling at it.
  • Midway through the evening a chimpanzee on roller skates suddenly appeared.
  • In each case a chimpanzee modified a branch by breaking off one or two ends and, frequently, using its teeth to sharpen the stick.
  • The initial results indicate they belong to a chimpanzee.
British Dictionary definitions for chimpanzee


a gregarious and intelligent anthropoid ape, Pan troglodytes, inhabiting forests in central W Africa
Word Origin
C18: from Kongo dialect
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Word Origin and History for chimpanzee

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

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