from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A theoretical primate postulated to bridge the evolutionary gap between the anthropoid apes and humans. Not in scientific use.
  • n. Something lacking that is needed to complete a series.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hypothetical primate once thought necessary to explain a perceived evolutionary gap between apes and humans.
  • n. Any sought-after or valuable intermediary figure or position.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. hypothetical organism formerly thought to be intermediate between apes and human beings


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