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gorilla

[ guh-ril-uh ]SEE DEFINITION OF gorilla

Synonyms for gorilla

  • ape
  • baboon
  • chimpanzee
  • lemur
  • orangutan
  • anthropoid
  • imp
  • monk
  • rascal
  • scamp
  • simian
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Mouthing his rage, the gorilla flung the earth man to the ground.

"Don't waste no time on that cast-iron mug of his," says Gorilla.

His arms and chest were built on the same general plan as those of a gorilla.

They're a lot more like a man than a man is like, for instance, a gorilla.

Chipmunk with the strength of a gorilla and the courage of a lion.

But all you ladies are mono-maniacs; one might as well talk sense to a gorilla.

The gorilla is of migratory habits at some seasons of the year.

Its mouth was wider, and the nose less prominent than that of the gorilla.

We had no wish, either, to remain longer than necessary in the gorilla region.

Perhaps he took me for a gorilla, which the lion is said to hold in wholesome fear.

WORD ORIGIN

1847, applied to the apes (Troglodytes gorills) by U.S. missionary Thomas Savage, from Greek gorillai, plural of name given to wild, hairy people in a Greek translation of Carthaginian navigator Hanno's account of his voyage along the N.W. coast of Africa, c.500 B.C.E. Allegedly an African word.

Of persons perceived as being gorilla-like, from 1884.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR GORILLA

anthropoid

nounape
  • chimpanzee
  • gibbon
  • gorilla
  • humanoid
  • monkey
  • orang
  • orangutan
  • primate

athlete

nounperson involved in sports

goon

nounruffian
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