apely

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ape +‎ -ly.

Adjective[edit]

apely (comparative more apely, superlative most apely)

  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of apes; simian.
    • 1879, The Popular science monthly: Volume 15 - Page 69:
      There is now a danger, we presume, that people may do such things by the rules of Darwinism, but the author fails to inform us whether we are likely to select servants and intimate friends because they do, or because they do not, present in their faces and on their persons indications of their apely origin?
    • 2007, Natalie Angier, The canon: a whirligig tour of the beautiful basics of science - Page 168:
      Our family is Hominidae, and we share it with four living species of great apes — chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans — as well as dozens of extinct predecessors of varying apely or humanesque traits.