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▪ The two clusters evolved by duplication of an ancestral gene cluster before the divergence of the human and great ape lineages.
▪ The great, brainy apes, including man, arrived in the last 20 million years.
▪ The orang is by far the most arboreal of the great apes.
▪ Science places Proconsul in the family Pongidae, to which belong the three species of today's great apes.
▪ Scientists are divided about which of the great apes evolved first from the Proconsul line.
the great apes
▪ Scientists are divided about which of the great apes evolved first from the Proconsul line.
▪ The orang is by far the most arboreal of the great apes.
▪ Female exogamy means that apes are largely devoid of mechanisms for females to build coalitions of relatives.
▪ Monkeys and apes are the only mammals with good color vision.
▪ Or at least, language of the beyond the apes variety?
▪ Something about apes or monkeys too.
▪ The apes provide us with much information concerning possible roots of sociable behaviour in man.
▪ The directors and actors had spent months in zoos recording the noises made by apes in emotional situations.
▪ Though his eyes were weakening by the moment, his gaze was still more acute than that of the blossoming ape.
▪ Yet almost nothing is known about the brain organization underlying language in such apes.
▪ California wine makers are trying to do new things with sauvignon blanc instead of just aping French styles.
▪ His music attempts to ape classical styles, but the results are not very original.
▪ As an alternative to aping Hollywood, it could be seen as a useful model for the development of indigenous cinema.
▪ Burton had no middle-class expectations, and certainly no desire to ape aristocratic ways he was not heir to.
▪ But I know better than to interrupt the hero with my babblings; instead I ape the satisfied cadaver.
▪ Recently the Bangalorean software industry has been aping what happened in Manhattanmoving some offices into the center of the city.
▪ She pushed her doll closer, so that Mrs Fanning aped a surprised, cross-eyed look.
▪ Tearback tabs represent a lovely example of industrial design aping the very best of human innovation.
▪ That probably accounts for some of the scepticism after the decision to ape stock market precedent and end business barriers between underwriters.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ape \Ape\ ([=a]p), n. [AS. apa; akin to D. aap, OHG. affo, G. affe, Icel. api, Sw. apa, Dan. abe, W. epa.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) A quadrumanous mammal, esp. of the family Simiad[ae], 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.

    Note: The ape of the Old Testament was probably the rhesus monkey of India, and allied forms.

  2. One who imitates servilely (in allusion to the manners of the ape); a mimic.

  3. A dupe. [Obs.]


Ape \Ape\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aped; p. pr. & vb. n. Aping.] To mimic, as an ape imitates human actions; to imitate or follow servilely or irrationally. ``How he apes his sire.''

The people of England will not ape the fashions they have never tried.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English apa "ape, monkey," from Proto-Germanic *apan (cognates: Old Saxon apo, Old Norse api, Dutch aap, German affe), perhaps borrowed in Proto-Germanic from Celtic (compare Old Irish apa) or Slavic (compare Old Bohemian op, Slovak opitza), perhaps ultimately from a non-Indo-European language.\n

\nApes were noted in medieval times for mimicry of human action, hence, perhaps, the other figurative use of the word, to mean "a fool." To go ape (in emphatic form, go apeshit) "go crazy" is 1955, U.S. slang. To lead apes in hell (1570s) was the fancied fate of one who died an old maid.


"to imitate," 1630s, but the notion is implied earlier, as in the phrase play the ape (1570s), Middle English apeshipe "ape-like behavior, simulation" (mid-15c.); and the noun sense of "one who mimics" may date from early 13c. Related: Aped; aping.

  1. wild; crazy. n. 1 A primate of the clade Hominoidea, generally larger than monkeys and distinguished from them by having no tail. 2 Any such primate other than a human. 3 (context derogatory English) An uncivilised person. v

  2. 1 (context intransitive English) To behave like an ape. 2 (context transitive English) To imitate; mimi

  1. v. imitate uncritically and in every aspect; "Her little brother apes her behavior"

  2. represent in or produce a caricature of; "The drawing caricatured the President" [syn: caricature]

  1. n. any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all

  2. someone who copies the words or behavior of another [syn: copycat, imitator, emulator, aper]

  3. person who resembles a non-human primate [syn: anthropoid]

Ape (disambiguation)

An ape is a member of the Hominoidea superfamily of primates.

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Ape (2012 film)

Ape is a 2012 American independent film written and directed by Joel Potrykus, starring Joshua Burge as Trevor Newandyke. The film is notable for reigniting the American indie slacker niche of the mid '90s, both in aesthetic and voice.


Apes (Hominoidea) are a branch of Old World tailless anthropoid catarrhine primates native to Africa and Southeast Asia. They are distinguished from other primates by a wider degree of freedom of motion at the shoulder joint as evolved by the influence of brachiation. There are two extant branches of the superfamily Hominoidea: the gibbons, or lesser apes; and the hominids, or great apes.

  • The family Hylobatidae, the lesser apes, include four genera and a total of sixteen species of gibbon, including the lar gibbon and the siamang, all native to Asia. They are highly arboreal and bipedal on the ground. They have lighter bodies and smaller social groups than great apes.
  • The family Hominidae, known collectively as the great apes, includes orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and humans; alternatively, this family clade is also known as the hominids. There are seven extant species of great apes: two in the orangutans (genus Pongo), two in the gorillas (genus Gorilla), two in the chimpanzees (genus Pan), and a single extant species, Homo sapiens, of modern humans (genus Homo).

Members of the superfamily Hominoidea are called hominoids—which term is not to be confused with hominids, the family of great apes; or with the hominins, the tribe of humans also known as the human clade; or with other very similar terms of primate taxa. (Compare terminology of primate names.)

Recent evidence has changed our understanding of the relationships between the hominoids, especially regarding the human lineage; and the traditionally used terms have become somewhat confused. Competing approaches re methodology and terminology are found among current scientific sources. See below, History of hominoid taxonomy and see Primate: Historical and modern terminology for discussions of the changes in scientific classification and terminology regarding hominoids.

Some, or – recently – all, hominoids are also called "apes", but the term is used broadly and has several different senses within both popular and scientific settings. "Ape" has been used as a synonym for " monkey" or for naming any primate with a human-like appearance, particularly those without a tail. Thus the Barbary macaque, a kind of monkey, is popularly called the "Barbary ape". Biologists have traditionally used the term "ape" to mean a member of the superfamily Hominoidea other than humans, but more recently to mean all members of Hominoidea. So "ape"—not to be confused with "great ape"—now becomes another word for hominoid including humans.

Except for gorillas and humans, hominoids are agile climbers of trees. Their diet is best described as frugivorous and folivorous, consisting mainly of fruit, nuts, seeds, including grass seeds, leaves, and in some cases other animals, either hunted or scavenged, or (solely in the case of the humans) farmed—along with anything else available and easily digested.

Most non-human hominoids are rare or endangered. The chief threat to most of the endangered species is loss of tropical rainforest habitat, though some populations are further imperiled by hunting for bushmeat. The great apes of Africa are also facing threat from the Ebola virus. Currently considered to be the greatest threat to survival of African apes, Ebola is responsible for the death of at least one third of the species since 1990.

Ape (1976 film)

Ape (stylised as A*P*E and released in South Korea as 킹콩의 대역습 - King Kong eui daeyeokseup; The Great Counterattack of King-Kong) is a 1976 monster movie. It was an American/South Korean co-production produced by Kukje Movies and the Lee Ming Film Co. (South Korea) and Worldwide Entertainment (USA) with 3-D effects. Directed by Paul Leder and featuring special effects by Park Kwang Nam, the film stars Rod Arrants, Joanna Kerns and Alex Nicol. It was released at approximately the same time as Dino De Laurentiis' 1976 remake of King Kong. The film is generally regarded by some critics as a campy Z movie. In latter years the film has gone under the titles of Attack of the Giant Horny Gorilla (for its 1982 grindhouse re-release), and Hideous Mutant (for its original home video release). It marked an early film appearance by Kerns, who later moved to TV movies and shows.

Usage examples of "ape".

But Conan doubted, for once, in a gold-barred cage in an Hyrkanian city, he had seen an abysmal sad-eyed beast which men told him was an ape, and there had been about it naught of the demoniac malevolence which vibrated in the shrieking laughter that echoed from the black jungle.

With a gasping shriek the king ape collapsed, clutching futilely for the agile, naked creature nimbly sidestepping from his grasp.

FirstBorn raised from apehood slip back quickly to the ape, and must toilsomely climb again.

Most of the people who stop here think that an apiary is a place where apes live.

Martin the ape not only promised his good offices at the papal court, but bade Reynard not hesitate to consult his wife should he find himself in any predicament at court.

Second, modern experiments have shown that bipedalism does not increase energy efficiency, and as more fossils have been found we now recognise that early bipedal apes lived in environments where trees were plentiful.

As they had approached the limits of the city they had witnessed the actions of the bull ape as he bolted into the building, frothing with rage.

King John of France was proving such an ache In English prisons wide and fair and grand, Whose long expanses of green park and chace Did ape large liberty with such success As smiles of irony ape smiles of love.

Jonathan waited in expectation for the Beddlington Ape to come clambering in with Dooly under one arm and Gosset under the other.

Olga de Coude was a very beautiful woman, and Tarzan of the Apes a very lonely young man, with a heart in him that was in need of the doctoring that only a woman may provide.

Then through the palace of the Count de Coude rang the awesome challenge of the bull ape that has made a kill.

The earliest known hominid is Australopithecus, the southern ape, and is dated back as far as 4 million years, in the Pliocene.

They were that most dreaded of Martian creatures--great white apes of Barsoom.

When the dinosaurs died, the mammals took over the planet, and some evolved into monkeys, then apes, then Stone Age people.

And in the end, it led to nothing but falseness and triviality, to the ghosts of passion, and the spectres of sincerity, to the shoddy appearances of conviction and belief in people who had no passion and sincerity, and who were convinced of nothing, believed in nothing, were just the disloyal apes of fashion and the arts.