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

Did You Know?

With its suffix -oid, meaning "resembling", the word anthropoid means literally "resembling a human being". Anthropoid apes are so called because they resemble humans more closely than do other primates such as monkeys and lemurs. Some even spend a good deal of time walking on their hind legs. Anthropoids are, of course, highly intelligent (though maybe no more so than many monkeys), and some of them use sticks and stones as tools. (But if you call someone an anthropoid, you're probably not complimenting his intelligence.)

Origin and Etymology of anthropoid

Greek anthrōpoeidēs resembling a human, from anthrōpos


First Known Use: 1832


Medical Dictionary

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anthropoid

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adjective an·thro·poid \ˈan(t)-thrə-ˌpȯid\

Medical Definition of anthropoid

  1. 1:  resembling humans—used especially of apes of the family Pongidae

  2. 2of the pelvis :  having a relatively great anteroposterior dimension—compare android, gynecoid, platypelloid


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anthropoid

noun an·thro·poid

Medical Definition of anthropoid

  1. :  ape 2


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