Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various apes of the subfamily Ponginae, which includes only the orangutans and their extinct relatives.
  • noun Any of various apes of the formerly recognized family Pongidae, which included the chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans. No longer in scientific use.

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  • noun Any primate in the family Pongidae, including the great apes.

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  • noun any of the large anthropoid apes of the family Pongidae

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From New Latin Pongidae, former family name, from Pongo, type genus, from obsolete French pongo, great ape of Africa, of Bantu origin; akin to western dialectal Kongo mpungu, gorilla.]

Examples

  • (formerly would have been called a pongid/ape) fossil, not a human per se.

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  • I like Gigantopithecus but "he" seems more pongid --??

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  • Yet he graciously forgave Le Gros and thanked him for his apology—though he also added somewhat testily, “I think both Mary and I do know a genuine fossil when we see one and can distinguish a pongid ape from a hominid without any difficulty.”

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  • Yet he graciously forgave Le Gros and thanked him for his apology—though he also added somewhat testily, “I think both Mary and I do know a genuine fossil when we see one and can distinguish a pongid ape from a hominid without any difficulty.”

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  • (adj) in a more abstract way, used to describe something gorrilla-like :)

    January 31, 2008