Definition of bonobo in English:

bonobo

noun

  • A chimpanzee with a black face and black hair, found in the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire)

    Also called pygmy chimpanzee
    • ‘But the programme makers could as easily have used another chimp species as a model - the bonobo or pygmy chimpanzee.’
    • ‘Experts now bracket humans in the ‘hominidae’ family of great apes, along with orang-utans, chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas.’
    • ‘His favorite species for this work are chimpanzees, bonobos, and capuchin monkeys.’
    • ‘It is also interesting to compare the behavior of humans with that of our two closest relatives: chimpanzees and bonobos.’
    • ‘The net effect is that hunting bonobos, chimpanzees, and gorillas has now become big business.’
    • ‘The situation is most dire for primates such as bonobos, chimpanzees and gorillas.’

Origin

1950s: a local word.

Pronunciation

bonobo

/bəˈnōbō/