Adjective "simian" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to or affecting apes or monkeys.
  1. 'By juxtaposing man and ape in identical squatting poses, these capitals explicitly evoke the simian trait of mimicry.'
  2. 'The final tenth chapter recapitulates the similarities between leaders of human and simian societies, and provides a speculative discussion of the inevitability of war.'
  3. 'In the case of simian virus 40, mutational analysis showed that the consecutive thymine nucleotides play an essential role in replication initiation.'
  4. 'A polymerase chain reaction analysis for simian virus 40 DNA was negative.'
  5. 'Both vaccines were designed against SHIV, a virus containing components of HIV and the related monkey virus, simian immunodeficiency virus.'
  6. 'Australia's leading experts on the virus, which is known as simian virus 40 or SV40, have found traces of it in human tumour cells and are calling for urgent funding to clarify the links…'
  7. 'Recent studies have also shown the simian virus 40 to be present in up to 60% of all mesotheliomas.'
  8. 'And, of course, exposure to a prairie dog or other little mammal from that Texas distributor, but not exposure to monkeys as simian lovers are quick to point out.'
  9. 'Studies in simian cell lines transfected with human alpha satellite sequences showed that these repetitive regions could form de novo centromeres on existing chromosomes.'
  10. 'The simian immunodeficiency virus destabilizes lamellar and promotes hexagonal phase, leading to the speculation that it has an effective negative intrinsic curvature.'
  11. 'his simian features'
  12. 'I recognized his simian brow.'
  13. 'Apparently, a simian line is a feature in palmistry that he displays.'
  14. 'Gordon's insistent rhythms found them in a simian crouch.'
  15. 'Equally memorable is a man with vaguely simian features who is dressed in a tan suit and a red, white and blue tie.'


An ape or monkey.
  1. 'Although no evidence has been found for the presence of simians in Oceania, Indonesian STLV-I strains are both phylogenetically and geographically close to the HTLV-Ic strains.'
  2. 'HIV in all likelihood arose by adaptation of a closely related virus in a simian species.'
  3. 'George was the genius thespian who brought Robot Monster to life, as well as hundreds, if not thousands of other stage and screen simians.'
  4. 'Jerky rhythms that do nothing more than prove these simians can count to five instead of four are used, overused and abused on each and every song.'
  5. 'Actors playing the simians choreograph ape-like movements with ease.'
  6. 'In this age of growing animal-empowerment, do you think monkeys and other simians should be allowed to drink, if they so desire?'
  7. 'Monkeys and apes have a privileged relation to nature and culture for Western people: simians occupy the border zones between those potent mythic poles.'
  8. 'Franklin had already honed his horror movie directing chops on Psycho II, though I'm not sure that's much preparation for making a movie about killer simians.'
  9. 'He later learned that a simian cytomegalic virus had been found in all of the 11 African green monkeys imported for production of the polio vaccine.'
  10. 'In a Star Trek-inspired turn of events, he ends up forwarding centuries through time, crashing onto an alien planet where roles between simians and humans are reversed.'


1. of or relating to an ape or monkey.

2. characteristic of apes or monkeys: long, simian fingers. noun

3. an ape or monkey.

More examples(as adjective)

"viruses can be simian."

"arms can be simian."

"trees can be simian."

"syndromes can be simian."

"species can be simian."

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Early 17th century: from Latin simia ‘ape’, perhaps via Latin from Greek simos ‘flat-nosed’.