An animal of the monkey tribe (1 Kings 10:22; 2Chr 9:21). It was brought from India by the fleets of Solomon and Hiram, and was called by the Hebrews
Koph_, and by the Greeks _kepos , both words being just the Indian Tamil name of the monkey, kapi, i.e., swift, nimble, active. No species of ape has ever been found in Palestine or the adjacent regions.
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for 'Ape'". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".