Definition of pongid in English:



  • A primate of a family ("Pongidae") that comprises the great apes.

    See also hominid
    • ‘While this view was made specifically in reference to post-Flood humans, the principle could equally apply to other forms of life, including pongids.’
    • ‘If a wild crow placed in a laboratory can make a tool by bending a coathanger to get a piece of food out of a narrow-necked bottle, a gorilla, granted not the genius of the pongids but smarter than most birds, anyway, can bang things with sticks.’


1950s: from modern Latin Pongidae (plural), from the genus name Pongo, originally from Congolese mpongo, used as a term in zoology to refer to the gorilla and other apes.