Largest of the Great Apes, gorillas are in serious danger of becoming extinct in the wild.

Although they look scary they're actually very peaceful animals, but don't get on their wrong side because they're easily strong enough to kill a human.

Dian Fossey was a famous gorilla scientist, her story was told in the film Gorillas in the Mist starring Sigourney Weaver.

A famous gorilla (to Britons at least) was Guy who used to live at London Zoo.

To Iceberg Slim and his contemporaries, this was a jivespeak verb that meant 'to use force'. If you have the bell,. you might want to gorilla a chili pimp in order to take his fine dog.

Go*ril"la (?), n. [An African word; found in a Greek translation of a treatise in Punic by Hanno, a Carthaginian.] Zool.

A large, arboreal, anthropoid ape of West Africa. It is larger than a man, and is remarkable for its massive skeleton and powerful muscles, which give it enormous strength. In some respects its anatomy, more than that of any other ape, except the chimpanzee, resembles that of man.


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