- 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
The skull of the "born criminal" is the skull of the ape-man, or the cave-man.Not Guilty
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
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