[ sahy-nan-thruh-puhs, si-, sahy-nan-throh-puhs, sin-an- ]

  1. the genus to which Peking man was formerly assigned.

Origin of Sinanthropus

From New Latin (1927), equivalent to Sin- “Chinese” + Greek ánthrōpos “man”; see origin at Sino-

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British Dictionary definitions for sinanthropus


/ (sɪnˈænθrəpəs) /

  1. a primitive apelike man of the genus Sinanthropus, now considered a subspecies of Homo erectus: See also Java man, Peking man

Origin of sinanthropus

C20: from New Latin, from Late Latin Sīnae the Chinese + -anthropus, from Greek anthrōpos man

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Scientific definitions for sinanthropus


[ sī-nănthrə-pəs, sĭ-, sī′năn-thrōpəs, sĭn′ăn- ]

  1. An extinct hominid postulated from bones found in China in the late 1920s and originally designated Sinanthropus pekinensis in the belief that it represented a species evolutionarily preceding humans. Sinanthropus is now classified as Homo erectus. Also called Peking man See more at Homo erectus.

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