[ hom-uh-nin ]
/ ˈhɒm ə nɪn /

noun Anthropology.

any member of the group consisting of all modern and extinct humans and all their immediate ancestors, specifically species more closely related to modern humans than to chimpanzees.


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Origin of hominin

1985–90; < New Latin Hominini, equivalent to Latin homin- (stem of homo) “human being, man” (see Homo) + -ini (plural of the adjectival suffix -inus indicating origin or affiliation: see -ine1)
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