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n. pl.1.(Zool.) The manlike, or anthropoid, apes.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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(6) Carolus Linnaeus, pious Lutheran and astute biological organizer, in his first edition of the Systema Naturae (1735), included humans with baboons, other monkeys, and apes under Class Quadrupedia and Order Anthropomorpha. (7) In his tenth edition, he erected the Order Primates for monkeys, apes, humans, and bats; in his notes to the twelfth edition, he commented, "It is remarkable that the stupidest ape differs so little from the wisest man, that the surveyor of nature has yet to be found who can draw the line between them." (8) Many of Linnaeus's contemporary natural historians, including the Compte du Buffon, objected to Linnaeus's placement.