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.

Origin of ape-man

First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for ape-man

Historical Examples of ape-man

  • The skull of the "born criminal" is the skull of the ape-man, or the cave-man.

    Not Guilty

    Robert Blatchford

  • He nodded toward the ape-man, while with his own fingernail he wrote.

  • When it stopped at the ape-man's cage Sherman watched the procedure closely.

  • The ape-man moved toward Marta and Sherman like a being in a dream.

  • The ape-man, looking at him with something like panic, beckoned him forward again.

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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