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ape-man

[eyp-man] /ˈeɪpˌmæn/
noun, plural ape-men.
1.
a hypothetical primate representing a transitional form between true humans and the anthropoid apes, considered by some as constituting the genus Australopithecus.
2.
a human assumed to have been reared by apes.
Origin of ape-man
1875-1880
First recorded in 1875-80
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  • The skull of the "born criminal" is the skull of the ape-man, or the cave-man.

    Not Guilty Robert Blatchford
  • When it stopped at the ape-man's cage Sherman watched the procedure closely.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • The ape-man promptly thrust his finger into the first of the holes.

    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 ape-man moved toward Marta and Sherman like a being in a dream.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • He nodded toward the ape-man, while with his own fingernail he wrote.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • An ape-man ran past them, gibbering, mad with fright, and dived to the track.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • It had been the instrument of death; the ape-man had been strangled.

    Brood of the Dark Moon Charles Willard Diffin
  • Only one, it was true, one ape-man who would be no match for them!

    Brood of the Dark Moon Charles Willard Diffin
  • For the moment they were safe, but what of the time when the ape-man returned?

    Brood of the Dark Moon Charles Willard Diffin
Word Origin and History for ape-man
n.

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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