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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

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

Evolution was far more thrilling to me than the biblical account. Who would not rather be a rising ape than a falling angel? To my juvenile eyes, Darwin was proved true every day. It doesn't take much to make us flip back into monkeys again.
Terry Pratchett

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

It has actually been suggested that warfare may have been the principle evolutionary pressure that created the huge gap between the human brain and that of our closest living relatives, the anthropoid apes. Whole groups of hominids with inferior brains could not win wars and were therefore exterminated.
Jane Goodall

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