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a hypothetical primate representing a transitional form between true humans and the anthropoid apes, considered by some as constituting the genus Australopithecus.
a human assumed to have been reared by apes.
Historical Examples

There was very little in the appearance or structure of the ape-man to encourage great hopes for the future.
The New Stone Age in Northern Europe John M. Tyler

When it stopped at the ape-man’s cage Sherman watched the procedure closely.
The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt

Its folk-lore preserves the old Nature-worship which originated in the brains of the ape-man.
The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram

The ape-man promptly thrust his finger into the first of the holes.
The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt

Sherman glanced over his shoulder to see the ape-man moving aside from the door and bent back to his work.
The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt

The ape-man, looking at him with something like panic, beckoned him forward again.
The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt

The skull of the “born criminal” is the skull of the ape-man, or the cave-man.
Not Guilty Robert Blatchford

The ape-man moved toward Marta and Sherman like a being in a dream.
The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt

An ape-man larger than any Chet had seen: he stood as motionless as an exhibit in a museum in some city of a far-off Earth.
Brood of the Dark Moon Charles Willard Diffin

He nodded toward the ape-man, while with his own fingernail he wrote.
The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt


hypothetical “missing link,” 1879, in a translation of Haeckel, from ape (n.) + man (n.). Man-ape is attested from 1878. The name Martin Halfape appears in an English roll from 1227.


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