from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having four feet with opposable first digits, as primates other than humans.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having four feet whose first digits are opposable; applies to all non-human primates.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having four hands; of or pertaining to the Quadrumana.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Four-handed; having all four feet fitted for use as hands: said of mammals, as opossums, etc.; specifically, of or pertaining to the Quadrumana. Also quadrimanous.
I.G. St. Hilaire is clearly in error in ascribing the invention of the term "quadrumanous" to
I.G. St. Hilaire is clearly in error in ascribing the invention of the term "quadrumanous" to Buffon, though "himanous" may belong to him.
The only quadrumanous animal in the group is the curious baboon-monkey, Cynopithecus nigrescens, already described as being one of the characteristic animals of Celebes.
The next suggests a closer association of our ancestors of the olden time with "our poor relations" of the quadrumanous family than we like to acknowledge.
The strongly convex upper lip frequently seen among the lower classes of the Irish is a modified quadrumanous character.
I first consider those which are used in the tables of embryonic, quadrumanous, and race characters:
Indo-European, we can readily observe that it is in the two first named that there is a predominance of the quadrumanous features which are retarded in man; and that the embryonic characters which predominate are those in which man is accelerated.
Many persons possess at least one quadrumanous or embryonic character.
It must be borne in mind that the quadrumanous indications are found in the lower classes of the most developed races.
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.