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ape-man

[ eyp-man ]
/ ˈeɪpˌmæn /
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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.

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Origin of ape-man

First recorded in 1860–65; ape + man
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British Dictionary definitions for ape-man

apeman
/ (ˈeɪpˌmæn) /

noun plural -men

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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