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[sim-ee-uh n] /ˈsɪm i ən/
of or relating to an ape or monkey.
characteristic of apes or monkeys:
long, simian fingers.
an ape or monkey.
Origin of simian
1600-10; < Latin sīmi(a) an ape (probably derivative of sīmus flat-nosed < Greek sīmós) + -an
Related forms
[sim-ee-an-i-tee] /ˌsɪm iˈæn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
subsimian, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for simian
  • The signs include slanted eyes, simian skin creases, flabby muscle tone.
  • Those trying to control the planet should perhaps begin by controlling their simian selves.
  • They decided to look first for simian foamy virus, a primate retrovirus.
  • Those monkeys came in the middle of a long line of simian astronauts.
  • The finding complicates the question of what happened in the last century to let a simian virus move to humans.
  • Whether your simian of choice is this emerald icon or his dapper argyle cousin, you could be taking one home for free.
  • The margay was slinking through some nearby vines, simulating simian sounds nonstop as it headed the tamarins' way.
  • The simian parts of us understand deeply and intuitively.
British Dictionary definitions for simian


of, relating to, or resembling a monkey or ape Also (rare) simious (ˈsɪmɪəs)
a monkey or ape
Word Origin
C17: from Latin sīmia an ape, probably from sīmus flat-nosed, from Greek sīmos
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Word Origin and History for simian

"characteristic of monkeys or apes," c.1600, from Latin simia "ape," from simus "snub-nosed," from Greek simos "snub-nosed" (like the Scythians), also a masculine proper name, of unknown origin. Biological meaning "pertaining to monkeys" is from 1863. The noun meaning "an ape or monkey" first is attested in 1880.

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simian in Science
Adjective  Resembling or characteristic of apes or monkeys.

Noun  An ape or monkey. Ther term simian is no longer used in scientific contexts. Compare prosimian.
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