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gəˈrɪl əgo·ril·la

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gorilla, Gorilla gorilla(noun)

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


  1. gorilla(Noun)

    The largest of the apes, native to the forests of central Africa, and known for its trait of knuckle-walking

  2. gorilla(Noun)

    A big and brutish man or a thug; a goon or ruffian.

  3. Origin: Γόριλλαι, described by Hanno the Navigator, a Carthaginian navigator and possible visitor to the area that later became Sierra Leone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gorilla(noun)

    a large, arboreal, anthropoid ape of West Africa. It is larger than a man, and is remarkable for its massive skeleton and powerful muscles, which give it enormous strength. In some respects its anatomy, more than that of any other ape, except the chimpanzee, resembles that of man

  2. Origin: [An African word; found in a Greek translation of a treatise in Punic by Hanno, a Carthaginian.]


  1. Gorilla

    Gorillas comprise the eponymous genus Gorilla, the largest extant genus of primates by size. They are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous apes that inhabit the forests of central Africa. The genus is divided into two species and either four or five subspecies. The DNA of gorillas is highly similar to that of a human, from 95–99% depending on what is counted, and they are the next closest living relatives to humans after the bonobo and common chimpanzee. Gorillas' natural habitats cover tropical or subtropical forests in Africa. Although their range covers a small percentage of Africa, gorillas cover a wide range of elevations. The mountain gorilla inhabits the Albertine Rift montane cloud forests of the Virunga Volcanoes, ranging in altitude from 2,200–4,300 metres. Lowland gorillas live in dense forests and lowland swamps and marshes as low as sea level, with western lowland gorillas living in Central West African countries and eastern lowland gorillas living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo near its border with Rwanda.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gorilla

    gor-il′a, n. a great African ape, the largest known anthropoid, generally referred to the same genus with the chimpanzee. [African.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gorilla in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gorilla in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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