ape-man

[eyp-man]
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.

Origin of ape-man

First recorded in 1875–80
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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

ape-man

n.

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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