APE (Old Eng. apa; Dutch aap; Old Ger. affo; Welsh epa;
Old Bohemian op; a word of uncertain origin, possibly an
imitation of the animal’s chatter), the generic English name,
till the 16th century, for animals of the monkey tribe, and still
used specifically for the tailless, manlike representatives of the
order Primates (q.v.). The word is now generally a synonym
for “monkey,” but the common verb for both (as transferred
figuratively to human beings) is “to ape,” i.e. to imitate.
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