chimpanzee

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A chimpanzee

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The first recorded use of the name chimpanzee dates to 1738. The name is derived from an unspecified Bantu language of Angola, comparable to Vili (Civili, Zone H) ci-mpenzi.[1]

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /tʃɪmˈpæn.zi/, /ˌtʃɪm.pənˈziː/, /ˌtʃɪm.pænˈziː/
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chimpanzee (plural chimpanzees)

  1. A great ape of the genus Pan, native to Africa, and believed by biologists to be the closest extant relative to humans.

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