Definition of gorilla noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡəˈrɪlə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡəˈrɪlə//
    Wild mammals
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  1. 1a very large powerful African ape (= an animal like a large monkey without a tail) covered with black or brown hair See related entries: Wild mammals
  2. 2(informal) a large aggressive man
  3. Word Originfrom an alleged African word for a wild or hairy person, found in the Greek account of the voyage of the Carthaginian explorer Hanno in the 5th or 6th cent. bc; adopted in 1847 as the specific name of the ape.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gorilla