Definitions

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

  • adj. Relating to, characteristic of, or resembling an ape or a monkey.
  • n. An ape or a monkey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to apes; apely.
  • adj. Bearing resemblance to an ape.
  • n. A monkey or an ape, especially an anthropoid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the family Simiadæ, which, in its widest sense, includes all the Old World apes and monkeys; also, apelike.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like an ape or monkey, in any sense; apish; rhesian; simious: as, simian characters, habits, traits, tricks, antics, etc.
  • Technically, of or pertaining to the Simiidæ or Simiinæ; anthropoid or manlike, as one of the higher apes: as, simian ancestors.
  • n. An ape or monkey of any kind.
  • n. An anthropoid ape of the family Simiidæ.

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

  • adj. relating to or resembling an ape
  • n. an ape or monkey

Etymologies

From Latin sīmia, ape, probably from sīmus, snub-nosed, from Greek sīmos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sīmia ("ape, monkey"), from Ancient Greek σιμός (simos, "bent upward"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The _sulcus occipitalis transversus_, which is generally lightly stamped in man, extends here as a deep fissure across over the occipital lobe, thus producing a so-called simian fissure, and the posterior part of the occipital lobe has the appearance of an operculum.

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  • VIRxSYS of Gaithersburg, Maryland, is resurrecting the controversial approach, thanks to successful tests of a similar vaccine against SIV - also known as simian HIV - in monkeys.

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  • The strain of HIV -- called simian-tropic HIV-1, or stHIV-1 -- was developed by altering a single gene in the human version of the virus to allow it to infect a pig-tailed macaque, according to researchers.

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  • The virus was genetically decoded and then put through a computer model to compare its evolutionary past against known viruses, both HIV and its equivalent in apes, called simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV).

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