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[bim-uh-nuh s, bahy-mey-]
adjective Zoology.
  1. having two hands, especially as distinct from feet.
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Also bim·a·nal [bim-uh-nl, bahy-meyn-l] /ˈbɪm ə nl, baɪˈmeɪn l/.

Origin of bimanous

1825–35; < New Latin biman(a) (animalia) two-handed (animals) + -ous. See bimane
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British Dictionary definitions for bimanous


  1. (of man and the higher primates) having two hands distinct in form and function from the feet
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin bimana two handed, from bi- 1 + Latin manus hand
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