Gorilla (1853): Believed to be a name of an alleged African tribe of hairy women.
Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary
(1973): An African tribe of hairy women.
Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary
In 1847 Dr. Thomas S. Savage an American Missionary to Western Africa, made the first scientific description of a gorilla. He gave the animal the Latin name Troglodytes gorilla. Dr. Savage was making a reference to the Periplus, an ancient Greek version of a report written in Punic by Hanno the Navigator from Carthage describes a voyage he took to West Africa travel as far as to Sierra Leone sometime in 6th Century BC reporting seeing members of a tribe of hairy women called Gorillai a word he allegedly learned from his interpreters.
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A Negro or A person of Negro ancestry, who has a pale or albino complexion...a white person who defends the rights and interest of Negroes, or who identifies with them.
White Negro was used to describe a person of "Negro" ancestry who has light to albino complexion also to offend whites who defends the rights and interest of Negroes, or identifies with them. Since "Negroes" were looked down upon regardless of what adjective preceded the term it was still uncomplimentary.
Callipygian- Having Shapely Buttocks. Websters Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary
Steatopygian- An excessive development of fat on the buttocks especially of females that is common among the Hottentots and some Negro people's.
Words carry power, I have always been interested in understanding and over standing the meaning of the words that I come across. When I saw the meaning of Callipygian in a old dictionaries and book references it implied to me that "having shapely buttocks" is something more or less exclusively for white or at least not black.