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simian

[sim-ee-uh n]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to an ape or monkey.
  2. characteristic of apes or monkeys: long, simian fingers.
noun
  1. an ape or monkey.

Origin of simian

1600–10; < Latin sīmi(a) an ape (probably derivative of sīmus flat-nosed < Greek sīmós) + -an
Related formssim·i·an·i·ty [sim-ee-an-i-tee] /ˌsɪm iˈæn ɪ ti/, nounsub·sim·i·an, adjective
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Examples from the Web for simian

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Historical Examples

  • The Harvard hellions (it is his own term) were indefatigable, simian, pitiless.

    Gigolo

    Edna Ferber

  • But the curiosity of a simian is as excessive as the toil of an ant.

    This Simian World

    Clarence Day

  • They will use up a lot of it in a simian habit3 called travel.

    This Simian World

    Clarence Day

  • Consider the simian amorousness of Jupiter, and the brawls on Olympus.

    This Simian World

    Clarence Day

  • Whatever a simian does, there must always be some talking about it.

    This Simian World

    Clarence Day


British Dictionary definitions for simian

simian

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or resembling a monkey or apeAlso (rare): simious (ˈsɪmɪəs)
noun
  1. a monkey or ape

Word Origin

C17: from Latin sīmia an ape, probably from sīmus flat-nosed, from Greek sīmos
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Word Origin and History for simian

adj.

"characteristic of monkeys or apes," c.1600, from Latin simia "ape," from simus "snub-nosed," from Greek simos "snub-nosed" (like the Scythians), also a masculine proper name, of unknown origin. Biological meaning "pertaining to monkeys" is from 1863. The noun meaning "an ape or monkey" first is attested in 1880.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

simian in Science

simian

[sĭmē-ən]
Adjective
  1. Resembling or characteristic of apes or monkeys.
Noun
  1. An ape or monkey. Ther term simian is no longer used in scientific contexts. Compare prosimian.
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