Definition of anthropoid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈanθrəpɔɪd/


1Resembling a human being in form: anthropoid gods
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  • Archaeologists and site-workers anxiously probed into the sand and uncover three magnificently carved unidentified wooden anthropoid sarcophagi dating back to the 26th Dynasty.
  • The stage is dominated throughout by huge anthropoid figures, I should think over 30 feet tall.
  • This fairly sturdy oversized paperback is printed in blue, with uninspiring cartoons of a cross-eyed kid in a beanie and his anthropoid dog.
1.1 Zoology Relating to the group of higher primates, which includes monkeys, apes, and humans.
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  • But now we have much more complete material - upper and lower jaws - that gives us a better idea of what Biretia is and how it fits into the broader picture of early anthropoid evolution.
  • His overview is especially effective, as it clearly presents several hypotheses of anthropoid origins.
  • But fundamental questions remain to be answered about anthropoid origins in Asia and Africa.
1.2 Zoology (Of an ape) belonging to the groups that include the great apes and gibbons.
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  • They are heavy-bodied, thick-necked anthropoid apes, native to the swampy coastal forests of Sumatra and Borneo.
  • This usually occurs in gibbons and occasionally in other anthropoid apes.
  • In 1917, he conducted experiments on anthropoid apes on the Island of Tenerife.


A higher primate, especially an ape or apeman.
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  • Primates, particularly anthropoids, are noted for their considerable cerebral complexity.
  • The ancient teeth and jawbones of the tiny, monkeylike creatures shed new light on the poorly understood evolution of early anthropoids, a suborder of primates that includes apes, monkeys, and humans.
  • However, if present day anthropoids are any indication, early primates were quick to take advantage of these new arboreal plant foods.


Mid 19th century: from Greek anthrōpoeidēs, from anthrōpos 'human being' + -oid.

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