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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.
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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]
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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
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Scientists now know that the Neanderthals were no ape-men. They used simple stone and bone tools, wore clothing, adorned their bodies and may have had a complex language.
They discover flora and fauna and become involved in tribal warfare between humans and ape-men.
Eugh!' he remained there dancing, and suddenly the whole forest around us was alive with these hideous ape-men, all grunting 'Eugh!