hominid

or hom·o·nid

[ hom-uh-nid ]
/ ˈhɒm ə nɪd /
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noun Anthropology.

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.

Nearby words

  1. homily,
  2. homing,
  3. homing device,
  4. homing guidance,
  5. homing pigeon,
  6. hominids,
  7. hominin,
  8. hominine,
  9. hominization,
  10. hominoid

Origin of hominid

1885–90; < New Latin Hominidae, equivalent to Latin homin- (stem of homō) “human being, man” (see Homo) + -idae

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British Dictionary definitions for hominids

hominid

/ (ˈhɒmɪnɪd) /

noun

any primate of the family Hominidae, which includes modern man (Homo sapiens) and the extinct precursors of man

adjective

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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Word Origin and History for hominids

hominid

n.

1889, "family of mammals represented by man," from Modern Latin Hominidæ the biological family name, coined 1825 from Latin homo (genitive hominis) "man" (see homunculus). As an adjective from 1915.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for hominids

hominid

[ hŏmə-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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Culture definitions for hominids

hominids

[ (hom-uh-nidz) ]

The biological family that includes our species, Homo sapiens. This family has also included Neanderthals and other forerunners of today's humans, such as Australopithecus, Homo erectus, and Homo habilis. Today's human beings are the only surviving hominids.

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