from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A hypothetical primate that is postulated to be the common ancestor from which both humans and nonhuman apes evolved. Not in scientific use.
- noun Something lacking that is needed to complete a series.
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- noun colloquial A
hypothetical primateonce thought necessary to explain a perceived evolutionary gapbetween apesand humans.
- noun figuratively Any sought-after or valuable intermediary figure or position.
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- noun hypothetical organism formerly thought to be intermediate between apes and human beings
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