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ape +‎ -ery


apery (countable and uncountable, plural aperies)

  1. A place where apes are kept.
    • Charles Kingsley, The Water-Babies
      If you have a hippopotamus major in your brain, you are no ape, though you had four hands, no feet, and were more apish than the apes of all aperies.
  2. The practice of aping; an apish action.
    • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
      Every object, whether the growth of nature or the work of man, was neat and artificial. It pleased me far better, than if the houses and gardens, and pleasure fields, had been in a nobler taste: for this nobler taste would have been mere apery.


Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for apery in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)