Barbary ape

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Barbary ape tailless macaque of rocky cliffs and forests of northwestern Africa and Gibraltar
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Barbary ape (Zoöl) an ape (Macacus innuus) of north Africa and Gibraltar Rock, being the only monkey inhabiting Europe. It is very commonly trained by showmen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Barbary ape bär′bar-i āp, the magot, or small tailless ape found in Africa and also on the rock of Gibraltar.
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Usage

In literature:

Old Barbary ape that gobbled all his family.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
I know him, and he is a Barbary Ape.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 2 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
I've never as yet had the pleasure of hunting monkeys, or Barbary apes, or gorillas.
"Camp Fires of the Wolf Patrol" by Alan Douglas
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In poetry:

There was an Old Man of the Cape,
Who possessed a large Barbary ape,
Till the ape one dark night
Set the house all alight,
Which burned that Old Man of the Cape.
"Limerick:There was an Old Man of the Cape" by Edward Lear