simian

[ sim-ee-uhn ]
/ ˈsɪm i ən /

noun

any of the monkeys or apes, classified into two subdivisions, the platyrrhines (New World monkeys) and the catarrhines (Old World monkeys and apes, including humans).See also haplorhine.
Disparaging and Offensive. (used as a slur against a member of a racial or ethnic minority group, especially a Black person.)

adjective

of or relating to any of the monkeys or apes.
characteristic of apes or monkeys: long, simian fingers.
Disparaging and Offensive. (used to describe a member of a racial or ethnic minority group, especially a Black person.)

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Origin of simian

First recorded in 1600–10; from Latin sīmi(a) “an ape,” probably from the Greek nickname and personal name Sīmiās (derivative of sīmus “flat-nosed, snub-nosed,” from Greek sīmós ) + -an adjective suffix; see -an

usage note for simian

OTHER WORDS FROM simian

sim·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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Scientific 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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