noun, plural ape-men.
- a hypothetical primate representing a transitional form between true humans and the anthropoid apes, considered by some as constituting the genus Australopithecus.
- a human assumed to have been reared by apes.
noun plural -men
- any of various extinct apelike primates thought to have been the forerunners, or closely related to the forerunners, of modern man
hypothetical “missing link,” 1879, in a translation of Haeckel, from Man-ape is attested from 1878. The name Martin Halfape appears in an English roll from 1227.(n.) + (n.).