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Definition of Ape

Ape

  1. A quadrumanous mammal, esp. of the family Simiadae, 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.
  2. One who imitates servilely (in allusion to the manners of the ape); a mimic.
  3. A dupe.
  4. To mimic, as an ape imitates human actions; to imitate or follow servilely or irrationally.

Ape Quotations

It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.
H. L. Mencken

There is no reason to teach an ape to become human. There are many reasons to teach some apes and some humans to transition the worlds between the species boundaries, especially when our genetics are so similar as to make us 'siblings.' It is the way to learn how we become that which we are.
Sue Savage-Rumbaugh

We are not angels, we are merely sophisticated apes. Yet we feel like angels trapped inside the bodies of beasts, craving transcendence and all the time trying to spread our wings and fly off, and it's really a very odd predicament to be in, if you think about it.
Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.
Baltasar Gracian

Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing the gorgeous buttocks of the ape or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.
Langston Hughes
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Ape Translations

ape in Afrikaans is aap
ape in Danish is abe
ape in Dutch is aap
ape in Finnish is apina
ape in French is singe
ape in Italian is scimmia
ape in Portuguese is macaco
ape in Spanish is mono, mica
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