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simian

[sim-ee-uh n] /ˈsɪm i ən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to an ape or monkey.
2.
characteristic of apes or monkeys:
long, simian fingers.
noun
3.
an ape or monkey.
Origin of simian
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin sīmi(a) an ape (probably derivative of sīmus flat-nosed < Greek sīmós) + -an
Related forms
simianity
[sim-ee-an-i-tee] /ˌsɪm iˈæn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
subsimian, adjective
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  • 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
  • The simian submits with odd readiness to the loss of this privilege.

    This Simian World Clarence Day
  • Whatever a simian does, there must always be some talking about it.

    This Simian World Clarence Day
  • Consider the simian amorousness of Jupiter, and the brawls on Olympus.

    This Simian World Clarence Day
  • You might as well speak of the human language as the simian language.

    A House-Boat on the Styx John Kendrick Bangs
  • The doctor was indignant when he found that his patient was of the simian persuasion.

  • With a wail of anguish the simian clutched at the precious object.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
British Dictionary definitions for simian

simian

/ˈsɪmɪən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling a monkey or ape Also (rare) simious (ˈsɪmɪəs)
noun
2.
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.

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simian in Science
simian
  (sĭm'ē-ən)   
Adjective  Resembling or characteristic of apes or monkeys.

Noun  An ape or monkey. Ther term simian is no longer used in scientific contexts. Compare prosimian.
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