[ pith-i-koid, pi-thee-koid ]

  1. belonging or pertaining to the genus Pithecia and related genera, including the saki monkeys.

  2. (loosely) apelike; monkeylike.

Origin of pithecoid

1860–65; <New Latin pithēc(us) ape (<Greek píthēkos) + -oid

Words Nearby pithecoid

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How to use pithecoid in a sentence

  • The chief difficulty in assigning the possessor of the Mauer jaw to a pithecoid stock has been mentioned already.

    Prehistoric Man | W. L. H. Duckworth
  • Their life is higher than that of the pithecoid lower and middle savages, but less than that of the barbarians.

    The Wonders of Life | Ernst Haeckel
  • Even our human organism has arisen in the same natural manner, by gradual transformation, from a group of pithecoid mammals.

  • By this the male hand becomes more ape-like, as the long arm also is a pithecoid (ape-like) characteristic.

    Woman and Socialism | August Bebel
  • Only, the nasal index is somewhat smaller; on the whole, the nose has in its separate parts a decidedly pithecoid form.

Scientific definitions for pithecoid


[ pĭthĭ-koid′, pī-thēkoid ]

  1. Resembling or relating to the apes, especially the anthropoid apes.

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