The Alternative Latin Dictionary: simia

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simia Alternative forms: sīmius etymology From Ancient Greek σιμός 〈simós〉. pronunciation
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noun: {{la-noun}}
  1. an ape, monkey
    • Attributed to by in De natura deorum, Book I, Chapter XXXV Simia quam similis turpissima bestia nobis! The ape, most vile beast, how similar to us!
  2. (pejorative, of a person) monkey
  3. an imitator
Occasionally used as a masculine noun, especially the pejorative sense.
descendants:
  • Catalan: ximia
  • English: simian
  • Italian: scimmia
  • Romansch: schimgia, schemia, schemgia, schiemgia
  • Spanish: jimia

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