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[eyp-man] /ˈeɪpˌmæn/
noun, plural ape-men.
a hypothetical primate representing a transitional form between true humans and the anthropoid apes, considered by some as constituting the genus Australopithecus.
a human assumed to have been reared by apes.
Origin of ape-man
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There was very little in the appearance or structure of the ape-man to encourage great hopes for the future.

  • When it stopped at the ape-man's cage Sherman watched the procedure closely.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • Its folk-lore preserves the old Nature-worship which originated in the brains of the ape-man.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • The ape-man promptly thrust his finger into the first of the holes.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • Sherman glanced over his shoulder to see the ape-man moving aside from the door and bent back to his work.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • The ape-man, looking at him with something like panic, beckoned him forward again.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • The skull of the "born criminal" is the skull of the ape-man, or the cave-man.

    Not Guilty Robert Blatchford
  • The ape-man moved toward Marta and Sherman like a being in a dream.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • An ape-man larger than any Chet had seen: he stood as motionless as an exhibit in a museum in some city of a far-off Earth.

    Brood of the Dark Moon Charles Willard Diffin
  • He nodded toward the ape-man, while with his own fingernail he wrote.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
Word Origin and History for ape-man

hypothetical "missing link," 1879, in a translation of Haeckel, from ape (n.) + man (n.). Man-ape is attested from 1878. The name Martin Halfape appears in an English roll from 1227.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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