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[n] any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all
[n] person who resembles a non-human primate
[n] someone who copies the words or behavior of another
[v] represent in or produce a caricature of; "The drawing caricatured the President"
[v] imitate uncritically and in every aspect; "Her little brother apes her behavior"

Misc. Definitions

\Ape\ ([=a]p), n. [AS. apa; akin to D. aap, OHG. affo, G. affe, Icel. api, Sw. apa, Dan. abe, W. epa.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) A quadrumanous mammal, esp. of the family {Simiad[ae]}, having teeth of the same number and form as in man, and possessing neither a tail nor cheek pouches. The name is applied esp. to species of the genus {Hylobates}, and is sometimes used as a general term for all Quadrumana. The higher forms, the gorilla, chimpanzee, and ourang, are often called {anthropoid apes} or {man apes}. Note: The ape of the Old Testament was probably the rhesus monkey of India, and allied forms.
2. One who imitates servilely (in allusion to the manners of the ape); a mimic. --Byron.
3. A dupe. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
\Ape\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Aped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Aping}.] To mimic, as an ape imitates human actions; to imitate or follow servilely or irrationally. ``How he apes his sire.'' --Addison. The people of England will not ape the fashions they have never tried. --Burke.

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