A gorilla is the world's largest primate — the kind of great, powerful ape you might see on an African safari.

The stocky, large-headed gorilla is one of the most impressive animals you'll come across in the primate area of a zoo. Gorillas are vegetarians whose native habitat is the forest of central west Africa. The word gorilla is sometimes also used to refer to a big, aggressive man. It was first coined in the 19th century by a United States missionary to Africa, from the Greek word gorillai — the word Carthaginian explorer Hanno used to mean "wild, hairy people" in 500 B.C.E.

Definitions of gorilla

n largest anthropoid ape; terrestrial and vegetarian; of forests of central west Africa

Gorilla gorilla
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Gorilla gorilla gorilla, western lowland gorilla
a kind of gorilla
Gorilla gorilla grauri, eastern lowland gorilla
a kind of gorilla
Gorilla gorilla beringei, mountain gorilla
gorilla of Kivu highlands
an adult male gorilla with grey hairs across the back
Type of:
great ape, pongid
any of the large anthropoid apes of the family Pongidae

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