- 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 apeman
It was not the voice of an apeman, or an apewoman, but held a human quality.
The blow was deflected by the upraised arm of the apeman and fell on his shoulder.
Bentley could guess at her thoughts as he raced on in pursuit of Apeman.
Apeman, outside, seemed to be advising them, telling them what to do.
Apeman and his captive were on the trail, trapped there just as Apeman had started into the jungle.
- 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
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