Definition of pongid in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpänjid/ /ˈpɑndʒɪd/


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

    See also hominid

    ‘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.’
    • ‘While this view was made specifically in reference to post-Flood humans, the principle could equally apply to other forms of life, including pongids.’


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