1. Zool. 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.
Note: ☞ The ape of the Old Testament was probably the rhesus monkey of India, and allied forms.
2. One who imitates servilely (in allusion to the manners of the ape); a mimic.
3. A dupe. [Obs.]
Ape, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aped; p. pr. & vb. n. Aping.] 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. --Burke.
n 1: any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all
2: someone who copies the words or behavior of another [syn: copycat,
imitator, emulator, aper]
3: person who resembles a non-human primate [syn: anthropoid]
v 1: imitate uncritically and in every aspect; "Her little
brother apes her behavior"
2: represent in or produce a caricature of; "The drawing
caricatured the President" [syn: caricature]
an animal of the monkey tribe (1 Kings 10:22; 2 Chr. 9:21). It
was brought from India by the fleets of Solomon and Hiram, and
was called by the Hebrews _koph_, and by the Greeks _kepos_,
both words being just the Indian Tamil name of the monkey, kapi,
i.e., swift, nimble, active. No species of ape has ever been
found in Palestine or the adjacent regions.