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anthropoid

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noun an·thro·poid \ˈan(t)-thrə-ˌpȯid\

Definition of anthropoid

  1. 1 :  any of a suborder (Anthropoidea) of higher primates (as macaques and marmosets); especially :  ape 1b

  2. 2 :  a person resembling an ape <the howling anthropoids of the Hookworm Belt — H. L. Mencken>

anthropoid adjective


Origin of anthropoid

Greek anthrōpoeidēs resembling a human, from anthrōpos


First Known Use: 1832


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