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ape-man

(āp′măn′)
n.
1. Any of various extinct primates considered to be close relatives or ancestors of modern humans and having some characteristics of nonhuman apes. Not in scientific use.
2. A brawny or crude man.

ape-man

(ˈeɪpˌmæn)

n., pl. -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.
[1875–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ape-man - hypothetical organism formerly thought to be intermediate between apes and human beingsape-man - hypothetical organism formerly thought to be intermediate between apes and human beings
primitive, primitive person - a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization
2.ape-man - a person assumed to have been raised by apesape-man - a person assumed to have been raised by apes
feral man, wild man - a person who is not socialized
References in classic literature ?
Kovudoo, realizing the danger of coming to close quarters with these mighty ape-men, seized Meriem and called upon his warriors to retreat.
The ape-men laughed too-- or at least they put up the devil of a cacklin'--and they set to work to drag us off through the forest.
The perilous pathways and the surrounding trees were filled with the black ape-men, their females, and their young.
I had encountered the black, hairless, long-tailed ape--things of the mainland--the creatures which Perry thought might constitute the link between the higher orders of apes and man--but these brute-men of Gr-gr-gr seemed to set that theory back to zero, for there was less similarity between the black ape-men and these creatures than there was between the latter and man, while both had many human attributes, some of which were better developed in one species and some in the other.
We felt that we had taught these wild ape-men a lesson and that because of it we would be safer in the future--at least safer from them; but we decided not to abate our carefulness one whit; feeling that this new world was filled with terrors still unknown to us; nor were we wrong.