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pithecanthrope

[ pith-i-kan-throhp, pith-i-kuhn-throhp ]

noun

  1. (sometimes initial capital letter) a member of the former genus Pithecanthropus, now assigned to the proposed species Homo erectus.


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Other Words From

  • pith·e·can·throp·ic [pith-i-k, uh, n-, throp, -ik], pith·e·can·thro·pine [pith-i-, kan, -thr, uh, -pahyn], adjective
  • pith·e·can·thro·pid [pith-i-, kan, -thr, uh, -pid, -k, uh, n-, throh, -pid, -, throp, -id], noun adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pithecanthrope1

First recorded in 1875–80; short for Pithecanthropus

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Example Sentences

The first navigating pithecanthrope built nearly as well with his log and bush.

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