Definition of great ape in English:

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  • A large ape of a family closely related to humans, including the gorilla, orang-utan, and chimpanzees, but excluding the gibbons; an anthropoid ape.
    • Family Pongidae, order Primates
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    • Today it comprises humans, the gibbons, and the great apes (orangutan, chimpanzee, and gorilla).
    • The study looked in detail at each of the four great ape species - chimpanzee, bonobo, gorilla, and orangutan - to assess the current, remaining, habitat deemed relatively undisturbed and thus able to support viable populations of apes.
    • They are one of four kinds of great apes, along with chimpanzees, gorillas, and bonobos, and the only apes that come from Asia.

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