ape-man (n.) Look up ape-man at Dictionary.com
also apeman, hypothetical "missing link" between the highest anthropoid apes and human beings, progenitor of the human race, 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.