Wednesday, 20 February 2013

WORD FOR THE DAY: PAN-HOOT

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Your word for today is: pant-hoot, n.


pant-hootn.
[‘A breathy hooting or honking call uttered by a chimpanzee, typically in a series rising in a screaming crescendo and tailing off with quieter calls; a series of such calls.’]

Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈpantˌhuːt/,  U.S. /ˈpæntˌhut/
Etymology: <  pant n.1 + hoot n.1
  A breathy hooting or honking call uttered by a chimpanzee, typically in a series rising in a screaming crescendo and tailing off with quieter calls; a series of such calls.
1968  J. van Lawick-Goodall in Animal Behaviour Monogr. 1 270/1 It is..possible to recognize each individual from a distance when he utters ‘pant hoots’.
1985 Sci. Amer. June 88/2 Some of the most striking examples of cooperative behaviour among male chimpanzees are based on the vocal signals known as pant-hoots.
1994 New Scientist 4 June 33/3 At first, the pant-hoot was thought to be a group cohesion call... But in 1989, the primatologist Adam Clark..discovered that group cohesion or food were not always the point. Instead, males seemed to be communicating something to each other.

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