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go·ril·la

gorilla

 
pronunciation:
g rI l
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part of speech: noun
definition: a very large ape that lives in African forests. Gorillas are the largest of the primates. Male gorillas living in zoos can weigh as much as six hundred pounds. All gorillas living in the wild are in danger of extinction.
 
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The words gorilla and guerilla sound alike but have different meanings. To find out why it might be dangerous to call a guerilla a gorilla, look up guerilla.
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