The L&S entry for simia ("ape") says that the etymology is dubious, and it is perhaps akin to similis. What do other sources have to say on the etymology? Are there popular theories or is it perhaps still unclear?

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Walde, following Kretschmer, thinks it is from σῑμός “snub-nosed”.

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    OLD agrees, saying that it's 'prob[ably]' from the Latin adjective simus (Greek σιμός), 'having a flattened nose.'
    – cnread
    Nov 18, 2017 at 21:03
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    Tacet De Vaan.
    – Cerberus
    Nov 18, 2017 at 21:09
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    . ...implying that he accepts that it is a loan word.
    – fdb
    Nov 18, 2017 at 21:11

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