I encountered this word in the book entitled "The Devil", I forgot the name of the author. it said Tertullian called Satan the "ape of God" but offer very little explanation.
We know from the bible references Satan was attributed to the serpent, roaring lion and ancient dragon.. This description is supported by biblical references in Genesis, Revelation and 1Peter5:8.
But to call satan "the ape of God, is there a sound Catholic biblical perspective on this, or perhaps an early Church writing explaining the soundness of this phrase?