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1. Relating to, characteristic of, or resembling a monkey or an ape: humans and other simian primates.
2. Relating to, characteristic of, or resembling a monkey or a nonhuman ape: caricatures of politicians with simian features.
1. A monkey or an ape.
2. A monkey or a nonhuman ape.
[From Latin sīmia, ape, ultimately (probably via the Greek personal name Sīmiās, originally a nickname for a snub-nosed man, perhaps also given to pet apes in reference to their appearance) from Greek sīmos, snub-nosed and of unknown origin.]
(Animals) of, relating to, or resembling a monkey or ape. Also (rare): simious
(Animals) a monkey or ape
[C17: from Latin sīmia an ape, probably from sīmus flat-nosed, from Greek sīmos]
sim•i•an(ˈsɪm i ən)
1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of an ape or monkey.n.
2. an ape or monkey.
[1600–10; < Latin sīmi(a) an ape (probably derivative of sīmus flat-nosed < Greek sīmós) + -an1]
An ape or monkey.