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

  • n. An anthropoid ape of the family Pongidae, which includes the chimpanzee, gorilla, and orangutan.
  • adj. Of or belonging to the family Pongidae.

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of the large anthropoid apes of the family Pongidae


From New Latin Pongidae, family name, from Pongo, type genus, of African origin; akin to Kikongo im-pongo.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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

    January 31, 2008