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a. often Troglodyte A member of a fabulous or prehistoric race of people that lived in caves, dens, or holes.
b. A person considered to be reclusive, reactionary, out of date, or brutish.
a. A nonhuman ape. Not in scientific use.
b. An animal that lives underground, as an ant or a worm. Not in scientific use.

[From Latin Trōglodytae, a people said to be cave dwellers, from Greek Trōglodutai, alteration (influenced by trōglē, hole, and -dutai, those who enter) of Trōgodutai.]

trog′lo·dyt′ic (-dĭt′ĭk), trog′lo·dyt′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.


1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a cave dweller, esp one of the prehistoric peoples thought to have lived in caves
2. informal a person who lives alone and appears eccentric
[C16: via Latin from Greek trōglodutēs one who enters caves, from trōglē hole + duein to enter]
troglodytic, ˌtrogloˈdytical adj


(ˈtrɒg ləˌdaɪt)

1. a prehistoric cave dweller.
2. a person of degraded, primitive, or brutal character.
3. a person living in seclusion; hermit.
4. an extremely old-fashioned or conservative person; a reactionary.
5. an animal living underground.
[1545–55; < Latin trōglodyta < Greek trōglodýtēs one who creeps into holes, cave dweller =trōglo-, comb. form of trṓglē a gnawed hole (compare trogon) + dý(ein) to creep into + -tēs agent suffix]
trog`lo•dyt′ic (-ˈdɪt ɪk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.troglodyte - one who lives in solitudetroglodyte - one who lives in solitude    
lone hand, lone wolf, loner - a person who avoids the company or assistance of others
2.troglodyte - someone who lives in a cavetroglodyte - someone who lives in a cave    
primitive, primitive person - a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization


[ˈtrɒglədaɪt] Ntroglodita mf


nHöhlenmensch m, → Troglodyt m (liter); (fig: = recluse) → Einsiedler(in) m(f)


[ˈtrɒgləˌdaɪt] n (frm) → troglodita m/f
References in classic literature ?
These vile old troglodytes are no longer there; but into their deserted cave another terrible giant has thrust himself, and makes it his business to seize upon honest travellers and fatten them for his table with plentiful meals of smoke, mist, moonshine, raw potatoes, and sawdust.
As the Assembly, a troglodyte organisation, has never delivered an effective decision since 1997 what makes these two individuals think that anything will change?
The crucifixion scene at the end of Life of Brian was shot here but most movie buffs make their way to this desert outpost to see one of its famous troglodyte homes, which doubled as the homestead Luke Skywalker shared with his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru.
So whether you're drawn in by the hiking potential of the place, by its troglodyte lifestyle or by its historic and cultural significance, Cappadocia serves up a one-of-a-kind, not-to-be-missed experience.
the latter for creatures such as the satyr, the troglodyte, the hydra,
It's Christmas 1959, and ten year-old Trudy McFarlan has a lot on her plate; scrutinizing the Sears Catalog for gyp-free toys, riding roughshod over her troglodyte siblings, skirmishes with a diabolical teacher, battles with an orangutan babysitter and appeasing her best friend by pulling the prank of the century.
A power shower, wi-fi, flatscreen TV - my cave boasted all the mod-cons as I discovered my inner troglodyte in Turkey.
These represent but a sampling of the range of the stories in Troglodyte.
Dwellings, troglodyte villages and underground towns -- the remains of a traditional human habitat dating back to the 4th century -- can also be seen there.
The other destinations and activities on offer in the area include a museum behind the hotel, the scenic stone village of Tamezret and an excursion to the tiny troglodyte village of Haddej, known for its underground olive press.
And yet his strangest tales are found nearer at hand: that of the self-styled lord and king of the roaches, who lived 'a troglodyte existence' in a cave on the Staffordshire rock escarpment; or how every summer, ten chosen men sail from the northern villages of Lewis to Sula Sgeir, a remote Atlantic rock, to harvest seabirds--'the last subsistence bird harvest in the Northern Hemisphere'--a ritual expedition carried out since the 14th century under conditions of utmost secrecy.