American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various large, tailless Old World primates of the family Pongidae, including the chimpanzee, gorilla, gibbon, and orangutan.
- n. A monkey.
- n. A mimic or imitator.
- n. Informal A clumsy or boorish person.
- v. To mimic slavishly but often with an absurd result. See Synonyms at imitate.
- idiom. go ape Informal To become wildly excited or enthusiastic: went ape at the party; goes ape over Thai cuisine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A monkey; a quadrumanous animal; some animal of the old order Quadrumana; a member of one of the modern families Simiidœ, Cynopithecidœ, and Cebidœ, especially one which attracts attention by mimicking man.
- n. More specifically, a tailless monkey; a monkey with a very short tail; a magot, macaque, or pig-tailed baboon: as, the Barbary ape (Inuus ecaudatus); the Celebes black ape (Cynopithecus niger).
- n. Technically, a man-like monkey; a simian proper, or a member of the modern family Simiidœ, forming a kind of connecting link between man and the lower animals, and hence termed anthroid (which see). These apes are catarrhine simians without cheek-pouches or developed tail, and having a dental formula identical with that of man. The species are few, being only the gorilla, chimpanzee, orangs, and gibbons.
- n. An imitator; a mimic.
- n. A mischievous or silly mimic; hence, a fool; a dupe.
- To imitate servilely; mimic, as an ape imitates human actions.
- Synonyms Mimic, etc.
- n. Gunnera petaloidea, a plant of the high mountain slopes of Hawaii, bearing large, broad, reniform leaves from two to three feet in width.
- n. A name in the Hawaiian and Society islands of Alocasia macrorhiza, an aroid plant with large, oval, sagittate leaves. It is cultivated in India, China, and many of the Polynesian islands, where the leaves of the very young plant and the corms are eaten after volatilizing the acrid principle by drying or the application of heat. Also called
- n. zoology A primate of the clade Hominoidea, generally larger than monkeys and distinguished from them by having no tail.
- n. Any such primate other than a human.
- n. derogatory An uncivilised person.
- v. intransitive To behave like an ape.
- v. transitive To imitate; mimic.
- adj. Wild; crazy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A quadrumanous mammal, esp. of the family
Simiadæ, having teeth of the same number and form as in man, and possessing neither a tail nor cheek pouches. The name is applied esp. to species of the genus Hylobates, and is sometimes used as a general term for all Quadrumana. The higher forms, the gorilla, chimpanzee, and ourang, are often called anthropoid apes or man apes.
- n. One who imitates servilely (in allusion to the manners of the ape); a mimic.
- n. obsolete A dupe.
- v. To mimic, as an ape imitates human actions; to imitate or follow servilely or irrationally.
- v. imitate uncritically and in every aspect
- v. represent in or produce a caricature of
- n. any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all
- n. person who resembles a nonhuman primate
- n. someone who copies the words or behavior of another
- From Middle English, from Old English apa ("ape, monkey"), from Proto-Germanic *apô (“monkey, ape”), from Proto-Indo-European *abō- (“ape”). Cognate with Dutch aap ("monkey, ape"), Low German ape ("ape"), German Affe ("monkey, ape"), Swedish apa ("ape"), Icelandic api ("ape"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English apa. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“May be they are veridical observations of some enormous rare ape mistaken for an ˜ape - man™ or may be just erroneous observations of sociopaths in Yak coats?”
“Chuen of the Maya calendar, which corresponds to the day Ozomatli, the ape, in the Aztec calendar, seems to indicate that the singular head of C is that of an _ape_, whose lateral nasal cavity (peculiar to the American ape or monkey) is occasionally represented plainly in the hieroglyph picture.”
“The project was started by the philosophers Peter Singer and Paola Cavalieri, who argued that the ape is the closest genetic relative to humans — that it displays emotions such as love, fear, anxiety and jealousy — and should be protected by similar laws.”
“On the top of this tree, in among the branches, sat a monkey -- at least so Ailie called it; but the term ape or baboon would have been more appropriate, for the creature was a very large one, and, if the expression of its countenance indicated in any degree the feelings of its heart, also a very fierce one -- an exceedingly ferocious one indeed.”
“1 Due to its ambiguous nature, the term ape is less suitable as a means of describing taxonomic relationships.”
“(#2: The giant ape is defeated after the woman he groped and stalked wins a multi-million dollar harassment suit.)”
“A few other primates, such as the Barbary Ape, have the word ape in their common names usually to indicate lack of a tail, but they are not regarded as true apes.”
“Why a fit, tall & healthy female ape is not as attractive as a cover girl?”
“Krause, as already commented at "The ape is on my father's side, mind you", regarding John Hawks, we are definitely into the "Post-Wedgin 'Away" era.”
“She answered, “This whom thou deemest an ape is a young man, a clever and polite, a wise and learned and the son of a King; but he is ensorcelled and the Ifrit Jirjaris, who is of the seed of Iblis, cast a spell upon him, after putting to death his own wife the daughter of King Ifitamus lord of the Islands of Abnus.””
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