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ape-man  (āpman′),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -men. 
  1. Physical Anthropologya 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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apeman /ˈeɪpˌmæn/ n ( pl -men)
  1. 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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