apeman

ape-man

[eyp-man]
noun, plural ape-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.

Origin:
1875–80

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apeman (ˈeɪpˌmæn)
 
n , pl -men
any of various extinct apelike primates thought to have been the forerunners, or closely related to the forerunners, of modern man

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