gorilla

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gorilla largest anthropoid ape; terrestrial and vegetarian; of forests of central west Africa
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Gorilla gorilla gorilla is the scientific name for the animal gorilla
    • n gorilla The largest known anthropoid ape, Troglodytes gorilla, of the family Simiidæ, suborder Anthropoidea, and order Primates, most closely resembling man, especially in the form of the pelvis and in the proportion of the molar teeth to the incisors. It has 13 ribs. The tail is even more rudimentary than in man, having but 3 coccygeal bones instead of 4. The gorilla is also called the great chimpanzee, and is a near relative of the chimpanzee, Troglodytes niger or Anthropopithecus niger. It attains a height of about 5½ feet, is found in the woody equatorial regions of Africa, is possessed of great strength, has a barking voice, rising when the animal is enraged to a terrific roar, lives mostly in trees, and feeds on vegetable substances. Gorillas make a sleeping-place like a hammock, connecting the branches of the sheltered and thickly leafed part of a tree by means of the long, tough, slender stems of parasitic plants, and lining it with the broad dried fronds of palms or with long grass. This hammock-like abode is constructed at different heights from 10 to 40 feet from the ground, but there is never more than one such nest in a tree. The animal was unknown to Europeans, except from vague report, until it was described in 1847 by Dr. T. S. Savage, an American missionary in western Africa. The first skeletons of the gorilla seen in Europe were brought by the American traveler Du Chaillu in 1859. The living specimens since brought to Europe and America have soon died.
    • n gorilla [capitalized] A genus of Simiidæ, having the gorilla, Gorilla gina or G. savagei, as type and only species.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The biggest specie of apes are the gorillas.
    • n Gorilla gor-il′a a great African ape, the largest known anthropoid, generally referred to the same genus with the chimpanzee.
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Quotations

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
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    “I should like to see any kind of a man, distinguishable from a gorilla that some good and even pretty woman could not shape a husband out of.”
  • Robert Strauss
    Robert Strauss
    “It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired, you quit when the gorilla is tired.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
African.

Usage

In literature:

From the redundancy of the teeth her mouth projected, and her face had a gorilla-like appearance.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
He was a huge man, gaunt and haggard, moulded with the hunched shoulders and heavy arms of a gorilla.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
Slowly, like the agonizingly slow plastic creep of metal under great pressure, the gorilla-faced giant was yielding.
"The Martian Cabal" by Roman Frederick Starzl
You can see for yourself that it is now larger than a gorilla.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
By Heaven, I'll grandsire no gorillas!
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
The dinosaur bellowed protestingly against the attitude of the apes and gorillas.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
He is a wild, gorilla-like figure that creeps beneath the trees.
"Prize Orations of the Intercollegiate Peace Association" by Intercollegiate Peace Association
To my youthful imaginative mind rose the fleeting picture of a young girl in a forest menaced by a gorilla.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
Would you rather an elephant killed you or a gorilla?
"Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1" by Edward William Cole
It was like a gorilla's!
"Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist" by John T. McIntyre
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In news:

Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo has two baby western lowland gorillas .
The Gorillas are in a 32-team championship field and will compete in the six-kilometer race at 11:30 am today at the Missouri Southern course.
The Gorillas finished 15th at Spokane, Wash.
Hacked highway sign in Loomis, Calif recently warned drivers about a gorilla , instead of construction.
Electronic road sign hacked to read, "Caution Loose Gorilla ".
Baby gorilla at Israeli zoo.
Baby gorilla at Israeli Safari Park.
The Cincinnati Zoo is mourning the loss of a 30-year-old gorilla .
Gorillas live in social groups known as troops and the 400 mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park form 36 distinct troops, with an additional 16 solitary males.
Pottstown police charge man wearing gorilla suit.
It seems like everyone voted yesterday including gorillas .
TRENDING- Man Votes In Gorilla Suit.
Sheriff's log: Man in gorilla 's mask robs Chualar business.
Founded by Fossey in 1978, the organization is dedicated to the conservation and protection of the fewer than 500 remaining gorillas and their severely threatened habitats in Africa.
The zoo's Great EscApe includes Western lowland gorillas .
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In science:

One is allowed, like the gorilla in a well-known advertisement for luggage, to jump up and down on the system and even dismantle it temporarily, provided the system returns to some equilibrium state at the end of the day.
The Physics and Mathematics of the Second Law of Thermodynamics
All the samples had the topology which grouped Chimp and Gorilla together, i.e. ((Chimp, Gorilla), (Orangutan, Gibbon)).
Auto-validating von Neumann Rejection Sampling from Small Phylogenetic Tree Spaces
Fig. 2. 1000 Moore rejection samples (gray dots) from the posterior distribution over the unrooted quartet tree space of Chimpanzee (Ch.), Gorilla (Go.), Orangutan (Or.) and Gibbon (Gi.) depicted over the four marginal triplet branch lengths.
Auto-validating von Neumann Rejection Sampling from Small Phylogenetic Tree Spaces
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