simian

[ sim-ee-uh n ]
/ ˈsɪm i ən /

adjective

of or relating to an ape or monkey.
characteristic of apes or monkeys: long, simian fingers.

noun

an ape or monkey.

Origin of simian

1600–10; < Latin sīmi(a) an ape (probably derivative of sīmus flat-nosed < Greek sīmós) + -an
Related formssim·i·an·i·ty [sim-ee-an-i-tee] /ˌsɪm iˈæn ɪ ti/, nounsub·sim·i·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for simian

simian

/ (ˈsɪmɪən) /

adjective

of, relating to, or resembling a monkey or apeAlso (rare): simious (ˈsɪmɪəs)

noun

a monkey or ape

Word Origin for simian

C17: from Latin sīmia an ape, probably from sīmus flat-nosed, from Greek sīmos
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Word Origin and History for simian

simian


adj.

"characteristic of monkeys or apes," c.1600, from Latin simia "ape," from simus "snub-nosed," from Greek simos "snub-nosed" (like the Scythians), also a masculine proper name, of unknown origin. Biological meaning "pertaining to monkeys" is from 1863. The noun meaning "an ape or monkey" first is attested in 1880.

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Science definitions for simian

simian

[ sĭmē-ən ]

Adjective

Resembling or characteristic of apes or monkeys.

Noun

An ape or monkey. Ther term simian is no longer used in scientific contexts. Compare prosimian.
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