Definition of pongid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpänjid/


A primate of a family (Pongidae) that comprises the great apes. See also hominid.
Example sentences
  • If a wild crow placed in a laboratory can make a tool by bending a coathanger to get a piece of food out of a narrow-necked bottle, a gorilla, granted not the genius of the pongids but smarter than most birds, anyway, can bang things with sticks.
  • While this view was made specifically in reference to post-Flood humans, the principle could equally apply to other forms of life, including pongids.


1950s: from modern Latin Pongidae (plural), from the genus name Pongo, originally from Congolese mpongo, used as a term in zoology to refer to the gorilla and other apes.

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