great ape definition

  • noun:
    • some of numerous anthropoid apes of family Pongidae, which includes the chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans.
    • An ape of this family Hominidae, having a mostly hairless face, arms with complex fingerprints, and level fingernails. Includes the gorilla and chimpanzee (subfamily Homininae), and orangutan (subfamily Ponginae). Usage can vary greatly to either consist of or exclude people (people in Homininae subfamily).
    • any of the big anthropoid apes associated with family Pongidae

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