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chim·pan·zee  audio  (chmpn-z, -pn-, chm-pnz) KEY 

NOUN:
A gregarious anthropoid ape (Pan troglodytes) of tropical Africa, having long dark hair and somewhat arboreal habits and exhibiting humanlike behavior and a high degree of intelligence. It is now considered vulnerable to extinction in the wild.

ETYMOLOGY:
Portuguese, from Vili (Bantu language of Congo) ci-mpenzi


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