Definition of pongid in English:

pongid

noun

Zoology
  • A primate of a family (Pongidae ) which comprises the great apes.

    ‘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.’
    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.’

Origin

1950s from modern Latin Pongidae (plural), from the genus name Pongo (see pongo).

Pronunciation

pongid

/ˈpɒn(d)ʒɪd/