[ pree-hom-uh-nid ]
/ priˈhɒm ə nɪd /


any of the extinct humanlike primates classified in the former family Prehominidae.
any extinct form that is thought to be an ancestor of the hominids.


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Origin of prehominid

First recorded in 1935–40; pre- + hominid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for prehominid

/ (priːˈhɒmɪnɪd) /


any of various extinct manlike primatesSee australopithecine
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