Ape \Ape\ ([=a]p), n. [AS. apa; akin to D. aap, OHG. affo, G.
affe, Icel. api, Sw. apa, Dan. abe, W. epa.]
1. (Zool.) A quadrumanous mammal, esp. of the family
Simiad[ae], 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
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. --Byron.
3. A dupe. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
Ape \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, ape, aper]
3: person who resembles a nonhuman 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, ape]
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.