apeman


noun, plural ape-men.

  1. a hypothetical primate representing a transitional form between true humans and the anthropoid apes, considered by some as constituting the genus Australopithecus.
  2. a human assumed to have been reared by apes.

noun plural -men

  1. any of various extinct apelike primates thought to have been the forerunners, or closely related to the forerunners, of modern man
n.

hypothetical “missing link,” 1879, in a translation of Haeckel, from ape (n.) + man (n.). Man-ape is attested from 1878. The name Martin Halfape appears in an English roll from 1227.

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