[ hom-uh-nid ]
/ ˈhɒm ə nɪd /
any member of the group consisting of all modern and extinct humans and great apes (including gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans) and all their immediate ancestors.
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Example sentences from the Web for hominid
Fossils, skulls, and hominid exhibitions throughout the caves are quite something.
Last Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a remarkable story about the discovery of two hominid fossils in South Africa.
British Dictionary definitions for hominid
/ (ˈhɒmɪnɪd) /
any primate of the family Hominidae, which includes modern man (Homo sapiens) and the extinct precursors of man
of, relating to, or belonging to the Hominidae
Word Origin for hominid
C19: via New Latin from Latin homo man + -id ²
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Scientific definitions for hominid
[ hŏm′ə-nĭd ]
Any of various primates of the family Hominidae, whose only living members are modern humans. Hominids are characterized by an upright gait, increased brain size and intelligence compared with other primates, a flattened face, and reduction in the size of the teeth and jaw. Besides the modern species Homo sapiens, hominids also include extinct species of Homo (such as H. erectus) and the extinct genus Australopithecus. In some classifications, the family Hominidae also includes the anthropoid apes.
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