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simian

adjective sim·i·an \ ˈsi-mē-ən \

Definition of simian

:of, relating to, or resembling monkeys or apes

Examples of simian in a Sentence

  1. a study of simian viruses

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The Latin word for "ape" is simia, which itself comes from simus, "snub-nosed". Simian is usually a scientific word; thus, for instance, biologists study simian viruses in the search for cures to AIDS and other diseases. But simian can be used by the rest of us to describe human behavior. Human babies often cling to their mothers in a simian way, and kids playing on a jungle gym may look like simians. But if you notice that a friend has a simian style of walking or eating bananas, it might be best not to tell him.

Origin and Etymology of simian

Latin simia ape, from simus snub-nosed, from Greek simos

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simian

noun

Definition of simian

:monkey, ape; also :any of a suborder (Anthropoidea) of primates that includes monkeys, apes, and humans

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First Known Use of simian

1880

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SIMIAN Defined for English Language Learners

simian

adjective

Definition of simian for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to monkeys or apes

  • : like a monkey or ape


simian

noun

Definition of simian for English Language Learners

  • : a monkey or ape


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