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Pithecanthropus

[ pith-i-kan-thruh-puhs, -kuhn-throh-puhs ]
/ ˌpɪθ ɪˈkæn θrə pəs, -kənˈθroʊ pəs /
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noun
a former genus of extinct hominins whose members have now been assigned to the proposed species Homo erectus.
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Origin of Pithecanthropus

First recorded in 1870–75; from New Latin: literally “ape-man”; from Greek píthēk(os) “ape” + Greek ánthrōpos “human being”

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British Dictionary definitions for Pithecanthropus

pithecanthropus
/ (ˌpɪθɪkænˈθrəʊpəs, -ˈkænθrə-) /

noun plural -pi (-ˌpaɪ)
any primitive apelike man of the former genus Pithecanthropus, now included in the genus HomoSee Java man, Peking man

Derived forms of pithecanthropus

pithecanthropine or pithecanthropoid, adjective

Word Origin for pithecanthropus

C19: New Latin, from Greek pithēkos ape + anthrōpos man
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Scientific definitions for Pithecanthropus

pithecanthropus
[ pĭth′ĭ-kănthrə-pəs, -kăn-thrōpəs ]

An extinct hominid postulated from bones found in Java in 1891 and originally designated Pithecanthropus erectus because it was thought to represent a species evolutionarily between apes and humans. Pithecanthropus is now classified as Homo erectus. Also called Java man See more at Homo erectus.
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