from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Hypothetical ape-men. pithecanthropes, or Alali. See apeman, Alalus.
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"Jad Pele ul Jad-ben-Otho," murmured Tarzan in the tongue of the pithecanthropi; "The Valley of the Great God -- it is beautiful!"
As they passed the barred entrance to a dim corridor, Tarzan saw within a great company of pithecanthropi of all ages and of both sexes, Ho-don as well as Waz-don, the majority of them squatted upon the stone floor in attitudes of utter dejection while some paced back and forth, their features stamped with the despair of utter hopelessness.
He guessed that it represented either a very high order of ape or a very low order of man -- something akin to the Java man, perhaps; a truer example of the pithecanthropi than either the Ho-don or the
On the contrary, the names of the male hairy black pithecanthropi while having an even number of syllables begin with a vowel and end with a consonant; while the females of this species have an odd number of syllables in their names which begin always with a consonant and end with a vowel.
A point of particular interest hinges upon the fact that the names of all male hairless pithecanthropi begin with a consonant, have an even number of syllables, and end with a consonant, while the names of the females of the same species begin with a vowel, have an odd number of syllables, and end with a vowel.
Aren't _these_ the real pithecanthropi erecti, rather than the brown-skinned, reddish-haired creatures of the biological text-books?