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a. 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b. A person considered to be reclusive, reactionary, out of date, or brutish.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
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.
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