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[puh-ran-thruh-puh s, par-uh n-throh-]
noun, plural par·an·thro·pus·es for 1.
  1. (sometimes initial capital letter) a member of the former genus Paranthropus.
  2. (initial capital letter, italics) a former genus of fossil hominids whose members have now been assigned to the proposed species Australopithecus robustus.
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Origin of paranthropus

< New Latin (1938) < Greek par- par- (in the sense “near”) + ánthrōpos man
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