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In English, you can verb any noun.

http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/15473/is-it-possi... even has an example of verbing an adjective in Calvin and Hobbes: http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1993/01/25 (found via http://michaelyingling.com/random/calvin_and_hobbes/)

The verb ape is not simply a verbed version of the noun. It means "shallowly imitate".

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