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ape-man (n.)

also apeman, hypothetical "missing link" between the highest anthropoid apes and human beings, progenitor of the human race, 1869, in a translation of Haeckel, from ape (n.) + man (n.). Man-ape is attested from 1823 as "anthropoid ape, orangutan." The name Martin Halfape appears in an English roll from 1227.

updated on November 12, 2018

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Definitions of ape-man from WordNet

ape-man (n.)
hypothetical organism formerly thought to be intermediate between apes and human beings;
Synonyms: missing link
ape-man (n.)
a person assumed to have been raised by apes;
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