• WordNet 3.6
    • n ape-man a person assumed to have been raised by apes
    • n ape-man hypothetical organism formerly thought to be intermediate between apes and human beings
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ape-man A name given to a hypothetical ape-like man, or speechless primitive man, intermediate in character between the highest anthropoid apes and human beings, and conjectured by Haeckel to have been the progenitor of the human race.
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  • Baltasar Gracian
    “At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.”
  • Yevgeny Zamyatin
    Yevgeny Zamyatin
    “Man ceased to be an ape, vanquished the ape, on the day the first book was written.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “The question is this -- Is man an ape or an angel? My Lord, I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence these new fanged theories.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “It is hard for the ape to believe he descended from man.”
  • Roy Chapman Andrews
    Roy Chapman Andrews
    “Man is an ape with possibilities.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “The most perfect ape cannot draw an ape; only man can do that; but, likewise, only man regards the ability to do this as a sign of superiority.”


In literature:

A girl loses her charm when she apes a man's habits.
"Big Game" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Back of them, one hundred little school boys who think it manly to ape the follies of their predecessors.
"Almost A Man" by Mary Wood-Allen
The apes were sullenly silent, proof that they feared the man at the table so much that they were afraid to move.
"The Mind Master" by Arthur J. Burks
His leg slipped suddenly between the ape-faced man's supports.
"The Martian Cabal" by Roman Frederick Starzl
And that little layer creates the difference between ape and man.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
Repulsive, and yet man, not ape.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
As monogamous marriage exists among the anthropoid apes, we have every reason to believe that it existed with primitive man.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
As the Ape King went toward it, he heard a man singing in the woods, and the song sounded like one the blessed spirits might sing.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
A very early period, during which man developed from his ape-like ancestors.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Huxley replied that man had no reason to be ashamed of having an ape for a grandfather.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote

In poetry:

Within us still the monster shape
That shrieked in air and howled in slime,
What are we?--partly man and ape--
The tools of fate, the toys of time!
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
There was an Old Man of the Cape,
Who possessed a large Barbary ape,
Till the ape one dark night
Set the house all alight,
Which burned that Old Man of the Cape.
"Limerick:There was an Old Man of the Cape" by Edward Lear
These are the Four that are never content, that have never be
filled since the Dews began—
Jacala's mouth, and the glut of the Kite, and the hands of the
Ape, and the Eyes of Man.
"The King's Ankus" by Rudyard Kipling
Bill believed the Bible story re the origin of him—
He was sober, he was steady, he was orthodox; while Jim,
Who, we grieve to state, was always getting into drunken scrapes,
Held that man degenerated from degenerated apes.
"Bill and Jim Fall Out" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Inside the search for North American's supposed Sasquatch man-ape.
SciFi Rod Lott Of Charlton Heston's unofficial trilogy of post-apocalyptic SciFi — "Planet of the Apes," "The Omega Man" and "Soylent Green" — the new-to-Blu-ray latter is easily the weakest leg, yet ironically, the most relevant today.
I Hunt the Giant Man-Ape.
Marvel Comics will soon publish Marvel Apes, a mini-series set in a universe where heroes like Iron Man and Wolverine are hairier, toothier and infinitely more likely to check each other for body lice.
Family of man who died says he was defending them against neighbors who "went ape ".
Johnny Weissmuller, right, as Tarzan, Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane, and Cheetah the chimpanzee , in a scene from the 1932 movie Tarzan the Ape Man.
I Hunt the Giant Man-Ape .
A file photo shows Johnny Weissmuller, right, as Tarzan , Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane, and Cheetah the chimpanzee, in a scene from the 1932 movie " Tarzan the Ape Man".