Definition of bonobo in English:

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Pronunciation: /bəˈnōbō/

noun (plural bonobos)

A chimpanzee with a black face and black hair, found in the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). Also called pygmy chimpanzee.
  • Pan paniscus, family Pongidae.
Example sentences
  • His favorite species for this work are chimpanzees, bonobos, and capuchin monkeys.
  • Experts now bracket humans in the ‘hominidae’ family of great apes, along with orang-utans, chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas.
  • The situation is most dire for primates such as bonobos, chimpanzees and gorillas.


1950s: a local word.

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Syllabification: bo·no·bo

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