ape leader

ape leader

obsolete A pejorative term for an older single woman; a spinster or old maid. From an old proverb that women who die unmarried are fated to lead apes—considered at the time to be unproductive animals—in hell. At the risk of being labeled an ape leader by ignorant people, I have chosen a life without marriage, and I am perfectly happy to do so.
See also: ape, leader
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It was the lightbulb moment when Andy realised he had truly captured the character of Caesar, the super-intelligent ape leader and star of the blockbuster series.
It was slightly unnerving - but it was also the moment when he realised he'd truly captured his character, Caesar, the super-intelligent ape leader and star of the Hollywood franchise.
At the heart of Dawn is ape leader Caesar, brought to life wonderfully by Andy "Gollum" Serkis using motion–capture technology, who is justly wary of mankind.
Ten years after conquering the Earth, ape leader Caesar wants the ruling apes and enslaved humans to live in peace But warring factions of apes led by a militant gorilla general as well as various human groups threaten the stability.
In the film, aristocratic Helena, 34, plays a primate princess who turns against ruthless ape leaders who want to wipe out the human race.