[puh-ran-thruh-puh s, par-uh n-throh-]
- (sometimes initial capital letter) a member of the former genus Paranthropus.
- (initial capital letter, italics) a former genus of fossil hominids whose members have now been assigned to the proposed species Australopithecus robustus.
Origin of paranthropus
< New Latin (1938) < Greek par- par- (in the sense “near”) + ánthrōpos man
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