noun. A primate-ish brute with menial duties, which may include shit-flinging, head-cracking, termite-fishing, and pant-hooting.
Related terms: henchchicken, henchdoofus, henchdork, henchho, henchmoron.
Real citation: “[Pearl and her henchmen, er, henchape and henchnoncorporeal being, stand in the foreground, looking very, very annoyed.]”
(May 2, 2002, http://home.netcom.com/~mblackwl/spidey.txt)
Made-up citation: "Winnifred, will you pick me up some henchapes while you're out? Better get some bananas and handiwipes too."