1. One (as a prehistoric human) that dwells in a cave
2. One that lives in a city apartment building. cave-dweller
1. (often capitalized candd) A member of a prehistoric American Indian people of the southwestern United States who built their homes on rock ledges or in the natural recesses of canyon walls and cliffs; a member of any cliff-dwelling people.
2. A resident of a large usually metropolitan apartment building.
ETYM Latin troglodytae, pl., Greek, one who creeps into holes; troglee a hole, cavern + dyein enter: cf. French troglodyte.
1. One of a primitive race that dwells in caves, instead of constructing dwellings; a cave dweller. Most of the primitive races of man were troglodytes.
2. An anthropoid ape, as the chimpanzee.
3. Greek term for a cave dweller, designating certain peoples in the ancient world. The troglodytes of S Egypt and Ethiopia were a pastoral people.