[ aw-strey-loh-pith-i-kuh s, -puh-thee-kuh s, aw-struh- ]
/ ɔˌstreɪ loʊˈpɪθ ɪ kəs, -pəˈθi kəs, ˌɔ strə- /
an extinct genus of small-brained,large-toothed bipedal hominids that lived in Africa between one and four million years ago.
DO YOU KNOW THIS VOCABULARY FROM "THE HANDMAID'S TALE"?
"The Handmaid's Tale" was required reading for many of us in school. Everyone else has probably watched the very popular and addictive TV show. Do you remember this vocabulary from the book, and do you know what these terms mean?
Question 1 of 10
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
Cultural definitions for australopithecus
[ (aw-stray-loh-pith-i-kuhs, aw-stray-loh-pi-thee-kuhs) ]
notes for Australopithecus
Members of this genus were the ancestors of modern humans. One of the best-known fossils, Lucy, was a member of this genus.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.