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noun, plural ape-men.
  1. a hypothetical primate representing a transitional form between true humans and the anthropoid apes, considered by some as constituting the genus Australopithecus.
  2. a human assumed to have been reared by apes.
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Origin of ape-man

First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for apeman

Historical Examples

  • It was not the voice of an apeman, or an apewoman, but held a human quality.

    B. C. 30,000

    Sterner St. Paul Meek

  • The blow was deflected by the upraised arm of the apeman and fell on his shoulder.

    B. C. 30,000

    Sterner St. Paul Meek

  • You understand that no matter what the Apeman does, you must not try to slay him?

  • Apeman would not know this: would not realize his limitations.

  • Apeman would be a child in the hands of his brethren, who could not know him.

British Dictionary definitions for apeman


noun plural -men
  1. any of various extinct apelike primates thought to have been the forerunners, or closely related to the forerunners, of modern man
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Word Origin and History for apeman



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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