Barbary ape

Barbary ape
Barbary Bar"ba*ry, n. [Fr. Ar. Barbar the people of Barbary.] The countries on the north coast of Africa from Egypt to the Atlantic. Hence: A Barbary horse; a barb. [Obs.] Also, a kind of pigeon. [1913 Webster]

{Barbary ape} (Zo["o]l.), an ape ({Macacus innuus}) of north Africa and Gibraltar Rock, being the only monkey inhabiting Europe. It is very commonly trained by showmen. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Barbary ape — [bär′bər ē] n. a tailless, apelike macaque monkey (Macaca sylvana) of N Africa and Gibraltar: the only surviving wild monkey in Europe …   English World dictionary

  • barbary ape — magotas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Macaca sylvanus angl. barbary ape vok. Berberaffe; Magot rus. варварийская обезьяна; магот; макак магот pranc. macaque de Barbarie; magot ryšiai: platesnis… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • Barbary ape — noun Etymology: Barbary, Africa Date: 1791 a tailless monkey (Macaca sylvanus) of northern Africa and Gibraltar called also Barbary macaque …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Barbary ape — noun A tailless monkey, Macaca sylvanus, found on Gibraltar and in parts of north Africa Syn: Barbary macaque …   Wiktionary

  • BARBARY APE —    a tailless monkey of gregarious habits, native of the mountainous parts of Barbary, and of which there is a colony on the Rock of Gibraltar, the only one in Europe …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Barbary ape — noun a tailless macaque monkey that is native to NW Africa and also found on the Rock of Gibraltar. [Macaca sylvana.] Origin from Barbary, a former name for the western part of N. Africa …   English new terms dictionary

  • Barbary ape — n. a macaque, Macaca sylvana, of N. Africa and Gibraltar. Etymology: Barbary, an old name of the western part of N. Africa, ult. f. Arab. barbar BERBER …   Useful english dictionary

  • Barbary ape — Bar′bary ape′ n. zool. mam a tailless macaque, Macaca sylvanus, of mountain ranges in NW Africa and Gibraltar • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • Barbary ape — a tailless macaque, Macaca sylvanus, of mountain ranges in northwestern Africa, now greatly reduced in number: a small, managed colony of unknown origin is maintained on the Rock of Gibraltar. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • Barbary ape — /ˌbabəri ˈeɪp/ (say .bahbuhree ayp) noun a short tailed monkey, Macaca sylvanus, of northern Africa and Gibraltar …   Australian English dictionary

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