anthropoid

[ an-thruh-poid ]
/ ˈæn θrəˌpɔɪd /

adjective

resembling humans.
belonging or pertaining to the primate suborder Anthropoidea, characterized by a relatively flat face, dry nose, small immobile ears, and forward-facing eyes, comprising humans, apes, Old World monkeys, and New World monkeys.Compare prosimian.

noun


Nearby words

  1. anthropogenesis,
  2. anthropogenic,
  3. anthropogeny,
  4. anthropogeography,
  5. anthropography,
  6. anthropoid ape,
  7. anthropoid pelvis,
  8. anthropoidea,
  9. anthropol.,
  10. anthropolatry

Origin of anthropoid

First recorded in 1825–35, anthropoid is from the Greek word anthropoeidḗs in the shape of a man. See anthropo-, -oid

Related formsan·thro·poi·dal, adjectivepseu·do·an·thro·poid, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for anthropoid

anthropoid

/ (ˈænθrəˌpɔɪd) /

adjective

resembling man
resembling an ape; apelike
of or relating to the suborder Anthropoidea

noun

any primate of the suborder Anthropoidea, including monkeys, apes, and manCompare prosimian
Derived Formsanthropoidal, adjective

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Word Origin and History for anthropoid

anthropoid

adj.

"manlike," 1835, from Greek anthropoeides "like a man, resembling a man; in human form;" see anthropo- + -iod. As a noun, attested from 1832 (the Greek noun in this sense was anthroparion).

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Medicine definitions for anthropoid

anthropoid

[ ănthrə-poid′ ]

adj.

Resembling human beings in structure and form.
Of or belonging to the family of great apes including the gorilla, chimpanzee, and orangutan.
Resembling or characteristic of an ape; apelike.

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