an·​thro·​poid | \ ˈan(t)-thrə-ˌpȯid How to pronounce anthropoid (audio) \

Definition of anthropoid

1 : any of a suborder (Anthropoidea) of higher primates (such as macaques and marmosets) especially : ape sense 1a
2 : a person resembling an ape the howling anthropoids of the Hookworm Belt— H. L. Mencken

Other Words from anthropoid

anthropoid adjective

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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.)

Examples of anthropoid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Solo’s first mate on the Millennium Falcon, Chewbacca, a 7-foot monkey-face anthropoid has his own following. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 May 2021 This 65-67 million-year-old relic looked down from on high on the anthropoids enjoying their time of evolutionary flourishing. Bradley J. Fikes,, 18 June 2017 Since humans are apes, and apes are anthropoid primates, the last common ancestor of all anthropoids would be one of our distant primate ancestors. Brian Switek, WIRED, 1 July 2009

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First Known Use of anthropoid

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anthropoid

noun derivative of anthropoid, adjective, "of human beings, human-like (of apes and other members of the taxonomic order Anthropoidea), ape-like," borrowed from Greek anthrōpoeidḗs "of human form," from ánthrōpos "human being" + -oeidēs -oid entry 2 — more at anthropo-

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“Anthropoid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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an·​thro·​poid | \ ˈan(t)-thrə-ˌpȯid How to pronounce anthropoid (audio) \

Medical Definition of anthropoid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : resembling humans used especially of apes of the family Pongidae
2 of the pelvis : having a relatively great anteroposterior dimension — compare android, gynecoid, platypelloid



Medical Definition of anthropoid (Entry 2 of 2)


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