American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various anthropoid apes of the family Pongidae, which includes the chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans.
- n. 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).
- n. any of the large anthropoid apes of the family Pongidae
“At the end of the day the faces of the men around him were caked with blown-back powder so that they were various shades of blue, and they put Inman in mind of a great ape with a bulbous colorful ass he had seen in a traveling show once.”
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