gorilla
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Greek Gorillai, plural, a tribe of hairy women mentioned in an account of a voyage around Africa Date: 1847 1. a very large typically black-colored anthropoid ape (Gorilla gorilla) of equatorial Africa that has a stocky body with broad shoulders and long arms and is less erect and has smaller ears than the chimpanzee 2. a. an ugly or brutal man b. thug, goon

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  • Gorilla — Sm ein Menschenaffe , übertragen Leibwächter std. (19. Jh.) Onomastische Bildung. Entlehnt aus ne. gorilla. Das Wort taucht zuerst in dem Reisebericht des Karthagers Hanno (5. Jh. v. Chr. ) auf und bezeichnet in Afrika (Kamerun) angetroffene… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Gorilla — (Gorilla gorilla Wymann, Troglodytes Gorilla Sav., Gorilla gina Geoffr., s. Tafel »Affen II«, Fig. 1), der größte der menschenähnlichen Affen (Anthropomorphen), wird 2 m hoch, hat einen mächtigen Kopf mit hohem Scheitel und Hinterhauptskamm und… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • gorilla — ☆ gorilla [gə ril′ə ] n. [< Gr gorillai, a tribe of hairy women, recorded by Hanno, Carthaginian navigator, as the native name in use in W Africa in the 5th c. B.C. for wild creatures found there] 1. the largest, and most powerful of the great …   English World dictionary

  • gorilla — 1847, applied to the apes (Troglodytes gorills) by U.S. missionary Thomas Savage, from Gk. 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Gorilla — Gorilla: Das Wort stammt wahrscheinlich aus einer westafrik. Sprache. Es tritt zuerst im 5. Jh. in einer griechischen Übersetzung eines Reiseberichtes des Karthagers Hanno auf, bezieht sich darin aber auf einen Menschenstamm. Mit diesem Wort… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Gorilla — Go*ril la, n. [An African word; found in a Greek translation of a treatise in Punic by Hanno, a Carthaginian.] (Zo[ o]l.) A large, arboreal, anthropoid ape of West Africa. It is larger than a man, and is remarkable for its massive skeleton and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gorilla — Gorilla,der:⇨Leibwächter …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • gorilla — s.m. [dal gr. Górillai pl., adattam. d una voce africana, ripreso nel 1847 dall americano T. S. Savage; nel sign. 3. b sul modello del fr. gorille ], invar. 1. (zool.) [mammifero primate pongide vegetariano che vive in piccoli gruppi nelle… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • gorilla — ► NOUN 1) a powerfully built great ape of central Africa, the largest living primate. 2) informal a heavily built aggressive looking man. ORIGIN Greek, representing an alleged African word for a wild or hairy person …   English terms dictionary

  • Gorilla — For other uses, see Gorilla (disambiguation). Blackback and Silverback redirect here. For other uses, see Blackback (disambiguation) and Silverback (disambiguation). Gorillas[1] …   Wikipedia

  • Gorilla — Gorillas Männlicher Westlicher Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) Systematik Ordnung: Primaten …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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