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  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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for anthropoid

primate, humanoid, monkey, gibbon, orang, chimpanzee, gorilla, orangutan

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Historical Examples of anthropoid

  • 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.

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for anthropoid


  1. resembling man
  2. resembling an ape; apelike
  3. of or relating to the suborder Anthropoidea
  1. 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

"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

anthropoid in Medicine


  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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