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[kwo-droo-muh-nuh s]
  1. four-handed; having all four feet adapted for use as hands, as monkeys.
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Origin of quadrumanous

1690–1700; < New Latin quadrumanus, equivalent to Latin quadru- quadru- + -manus, adj. derivative of manus hand (cf. manual)
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Examples from the Web for quadrumanous

Historical Examples of quadrumanous

  • She belongs to the same zoological species that we do, and is neither trimanous nor quadrumanous.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces

    Camille Flammarion

  • Many persons possess at least one quadrumanous or embryonic character.

  • It must be borne in mind that the quadrumanous indications are found in the lower classes of the most developed races.

  • Behead a narrow piece of woven fabric and leave a quadrumanous animal.

British Dictionary definitions for quadrumanous


  1. (of monkeys and apes) having all four feet specialized for use as hands
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Word Origin for quadrumanous

C18: from New Latin quadrumanus, from quadri- + Latin manus hand
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quadrumanous in Science


  1. Having four feet and using all four feet as hands, as primates other than humans do. The big toes as well as the thumbs of quadrumanous species are opposable.
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