Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having two hands.
- Specifically In zoology, belonging to or having the characters of the Bimana.
- adj. biology Having two hands (rather than any other distal part of a forelimb).
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Having two hands; two-handed.
- Latin bi ("two") + manus ("hand") (Wiktionary)
“The terms "bimanous" and "quadrumanous" had been already employed by Buffon in 1766, but not applied in a strict zoological classification till so used by Blumenbach.”
“In dealing with the suggestion that man differs from the apes in being bimanous, while the apes are quadrumanous, Huxley first explained and discussed what the exact differences between hands and feet are.”
“Martian humanity is, in fact, a race of sextuple origin; but it is, at present, biped, bimanous and what may be called bipennate, since those beings have two wings.”
“Lamarck had already recognised that the descent of man from a series of other Vertebrates -- that is, from a series of Ape-like Primates -- was essentially involved in the general theory of transformation which he had erected on a broad inductive basis; and he had sufficient penetration to detect the agencies that had been at work in the evolution of the erect bimanous man from the arboreal and quadrumanous ape.”
“The friar made a sign toward the door, which the alferez closed in his own way -- with a kick, for he had found his hands superfluous and had lost nothing by ceasing to be bimanous.”
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