ape

Definitions

  • The Judge Was a Big Ape
    The Judge Was a Big Ape
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ape represent in or produce a caricature of "The drawing caricatured the President"
    • v ape imitate uncritically and in every aspect "Her little brother apes her behavior"
    • n ape any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all
    • n ape person who resembles a nonhuman primate
    • n ape someone who copies the words or behavior of another
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THE APE AND THE CRAB THE APE AND THE CRAB
THE APE AND THE FOX THE APE AND THE FOX

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gorillas are considered apes, not monkeys. The way to distinguish between an ape and a monkey is that apes do not have tails
    • Ape A dupe.
    • Ape (Zoöl) A quadrumanous mammal, esp. of the family Simiadæ, having teeth of the same number and form as in man, and possessing neither a tail nor cheek pouches. The name is applied esp. to species of the genus Hylobates, and is sometimes used as a general term for all Quadrumana. The higher forms, the gorilla, chimpanzee, and ourang, are often called anthropoid apes or man apes.
    • Ape One who imitates servilely (in allusion to the manners of the ape); a mimic.
    • v. t Ape To mimic, as an ape imitates human actions; to imitate or follow servilely or irrationally. "How he apes his sire.""The people of England will not ape the fashions they have never tried."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The biggest specie of apes are the gorillas.
    • n ape A monkey; a quadrumanous animal; some animal of the old order Quadrumana; a member of one of the modern families Simiidœ, Cynopithecidœ, and Cebidœ, especially one which attracts attention by mimicking man.
    • n ape More specifically, a tailless monkey; a monkey with a very short tail; a magot, macaque, or pig-tailed baboon: as, the Barbary ape (Inuus ecaudatus); the Celebes black ape (Cynopithecus niger).
    • n ape Technically, a man-like monkey; a simian proper, or a member of the modern family Simiidœ, forming a kind of connecting link between man and the lower animals, and hence termed anthroid (which see). These apes are catarrhine simians without cheek-pouches or developed tail, and having a dental formula identical with that of man. The species are few, being only the gorilla, chimpanzee, orangs, and gibbons.
    • n ape An imitator; a mimic.
    • n ape A mischievous or silly mimic; hence, a fool; a dupe.
    • ape To imitate servilely; mimic, as an ape imitates human actions.
    • ape Synonyms Mimic, etc.
    • n ape Gunnera petaloidea, a plant of the high mountain slopes of Hawaii, bearing large, broad, reniform leaves from two to three feet in width.
    • n ape A name in the Hawaiian and Society islands of Alocasia macrorhiza, an aroid plant with large, oval, sagittate leaves. It is cultivated in India, China, and many of the Polynesian islands, where the leaves of the very young plant and the corms are eaten after volatilizing the acrid principle by drying or the application of heat. Also called apii in Hawaii.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only animals that can naturally sleep on their backs are humans. No other animal actually does--apes usually sleep sitting up and leaning on something.
    • n Ape āp a monkey: a monkey without a tail or with a very short one: a simian proper, linking man and the lower animals, and hence termed Anthropoid—gorilla, chimpanzee, orang-outang, or gibbon: one who plays the ape, a silly imitator:
    • v.t Ape to imitate as an ape
    • n Ape āp (Shak.) an imitator in a good or neutral sense
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Quotations

  • Yevgeny Zamyatin
    Yevgeny Zamyatin
    “Man ceased to be an ape, vanquished the ape, on the day the first book was written.”
  • Martin Luther
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    “The devil is God's ape!”
  • H. L. Mencken
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    “It is hard for the ape to believe he descended from man.”
  • Jean Rostand
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    “Greatness, in order to gain recognition, must all too often consent to ape greatness.”
  • Roy Chapman Andrews
    Roy Chapman Andrews
    “Man is an ape with possibilities.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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    “And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin is pride that apes humility.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. apa,; akin to D. aap, OHG. affo, G. affe, Icel. api, Sw. apa, Dan. abe, W. epa,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. apa; Ger. affe.

Usage

In literature:

Unk' Remus, ef you got any intruss in dat ole Affikin ape, you better make 'im lemme 'lone.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
For a long moment the headless ape-things and the three human beings stood silently facing each other.
"Zehru of Xollar" by Hal K. Wells
Four tubercles only on this tooth is a departure from the ape's condition and is found more frequently in Europeans.
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
He calls us apes; us that God made as well as him.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
Men become apes who imitate without judgment.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
In the cave of Naulette, near Dinant, Belgium, has been found the lower jaw of a man of decidedly ape-like aspect.
"Man And His Ancestor" by Charles Morris
Each feature is as eloquent of rascality as an ape's of idiocy.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
It was once more out of the east that it came upon them, by the trail of the vanished Ape-men and the ravaging wolves.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
By-and-by the ape came to visit the crab, and seeing the fine tree laden with the yellow-brown fruit, begged a few.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
Glands should not be taken from the ape or other animal for human use.
"The Goat-gland Transplantation" by Sydney B. Flower
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In poetry:

Trece lebeda pe ape
între trestii sã se culce -
Fie-ti ângerii aproape,
Somnul dulce!
"Somnoroase Pãsãrele" by Mihai Eminescu
So in toils of trouble caught,
Oft I wonder with a sigh
If that blue-bummed ape is not
Happier than I?
"The Ape And I" by Robert W Service
Whilst a hid being I pursue,
That lurks in a new shape,
My darling in herself I miss,
And, in my ape, the ape.
"The Ape" by Charles Lamb
Poor Gratia, in her twentieth year,
Foreseeing future woe,
Chose to attend a monkey here,
Before an ape below.
"Stanzas - To the Memory of an agreeable Lady, buried in marriage to a Person undeserving her" by William Shenstone
To love a beast in any sort
Is no great sign of grace;
But I have loved a flouting Ape's
'Bove any lady's face.
"The Ape" by Charles Lamb
Rosy rubies make its cup more rose,
Precious metals
Ape the petals,—-
Last, some old king locks it up, morose!
"A Pretty Woman" by Robert Browning

In news:

Flash-forward: 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' set to square off with 'The Change-Up '.
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" would appear to be the favorite to finish atop the box office this weekend, although it will get some competition from "The Change-Up ".
Although Peanut was not the first great ape to be treated for cancer like a human, experts said it is not common to use chemotherapy among orangutans.
Chester Michalik talks about his photography show at the APE gallery in Northamtpon.
Johnny Weissmuller, right, as Tarzan, Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane, and Cheetah the chimpanzee , in a scene from the 1932 movie Tarzan the Ape Man.
Center for Great Apes, Wachoula, FL.
Now we know that just like human animals, chimpanzees and other great apes seem to suffer from midlife crises.
The weirdest pay day he ever had was when he was told he had to compete with an ape.
Baeckler says the apes were herded into the chimp house instead all the doors and windows slammed shut.
The Detroit Zoo is home to 11 chimpanzees , three males and eight females, who live in a complex social group in the Great Apes of Harambee habitat.
Behold the bonobo, our ape cousin that's kinder and gentler than the chimp or, well, us.
Auds go ape for Disneynature's enviro-themed pic.
Over the decades that Coco 's life spanned, people's understanding of great apes - and their treatment of these wonderful beings - changed dramatically.
Conquest of the planet of the apes.
' Contagion ' Writer Tapped to Pen 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Sequel (Exclusive).
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In science:

To display the data I follow the “APE” group and plot mN /mρ versus (mπ /mρ )2 (see Figs. 2).
Recent Progress in Lattice QCD
Furthermore, the decrease in a has been compensated by an increase in Ns , so that (with the exception of the APE results at β = 6.3) the physical extent of the lattices exceeds L = 2 fm.
Recent Progress in Lattice QCD
What we have learned is that both the errors introduced by working in finite volume and at finite lattice spacing shift the curve in the APE plot upwards, so that one can easily be misled by results on small lattices.
Recent Progress in Lattice QCD
F I G . 6 . — Lower panels: fits (solid curve) to the observed pulse sh ape (crosses) of the DAV star G29-38 for observations taken in 1988.
A New Technique for Probing Convection in Pulsating White Dwarf Stars
We compare two independent analyses, both of which implement APE smearing for spatial links to improve the signal/noise.
The static quark potential in 2+1 flavour Domain Wall QCD from QCDOC
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