[ eyp-man ]
/ ˈeɪpˌmæn /

noun, plural ape-men.

a hypothetical primate representing a transitional form between true humans and the anthropoid apes, considered by some as constituting the genus Australopithecus.
a human assumed to have been reared by apes.

Nearby words

  1. apatosaurus,
  2. apb,
  3. apc,
  4. ape,
  5. ape hangers,
  6. apeak,
  7. apec,
  8. apeldoorn,
  9. apelles,
  10. apellous

Origin of ape-man

First recorded in 1875–80

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Word Origin and History for ape-man



hypothetical "missing link," 1879, in a translation of Haeckel, from ape (n.) + man (n.). Man-ape is attested from 1878. The name Martin Halfape appears in an English roll from 1227.

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