chim·pan·zee (chĭm′păn-zē, -pən-, chĭm-pănzē)
1. Either of two African apes of the genus Pan, having black hair, a bare face, somewhat arboreal habits, and a high degree of intelligence.
2. The common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), of equatorial central and western Africa, having a stockier build than the bonobo (P. paniscus).
[Portuguese, from Vili (Bantu language of Congo) ci-mpenzi.]
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