[ pree-hyoo-muhn or, often, -yoo- ]
/ priˈhyu mən or, often, -ˈyu- /
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preceding the appearance or existence of human beings: the prehuman ages.
of or relating to a human prototype.


a prehuman animal.



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Origin of prehuman

First recorded in 1835–45; pre- + human
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  • “Pure prehuman and micro-organic chemistry,” Aaron broke in.

  • So long as the organic hosts were in the prehuman stage the maintenance of the accord was easily and naturally attained.

    Domesticated Animals|Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
  • This prehuman stage has, none the less, a very great significance in the developmental history of man.

    Men of the Old Stone Age|Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • Some regarded the skull as that of a giant gibbon, others as prehuman, and still others as a transition form.

    Men of the Old Stone Age|Henry Fairfield Osborn
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