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anthropoid

[an-thruh-poid]
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adjective
  1. resembling humans.
  2. 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.
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noun
  1. anthropoid ape.
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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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  • The human race, collectively, exclusive of the anthropoid poets.

  • In the anthropoid ape we already find the family, but not the clan.

  • A white foam dripped from the chattering lips of the anthropoid.

    The Mind Master

    Arthur J. Burks

  • Bentley rose and looked down at the anthropoid for several seconds.

    The Mind Master

    Arthur J. Burks

  • From these last, anthropoid apes and man have, he believes, been evolved.


British Dictionary definitions for anthropoid

anthropoid

adjective
  1. resembling man
  2. resembling an ape; apelike
  3. of or relating to the suborder Anthropoidea
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noun
  1. any primate of the suborder Anthropoidea, including monkeys, apes, and manCompare prosimian
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Derived Formsanthropoidal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for 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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anthropoid in Medicine

anthropoid

(ănthrə-poid′)
adj.
  1. Resembling human beings in structure and form.
  2. Of or belonging to the family of great apes including the gorilla, chimpanzee, and orangutan.
  3. Resembling or characteristic of an ape; apelike.
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