australopithecine


aus·tra·lo·pith·e·cine

noun \-ˌstrā-lō-ˈpi-thə-ˌsīn, ä-; ˌs-trə-, ˌäs-\

Definition of AUSTRALOPITHECINE

:  any of a genus (Australopithecus) of extinct southern and eastern African hominids that include gracile and robust forms with near-human dentition and a relatively small brain
australopithecine adjective

Origin of AUSTRALOPITHECINE

ultimately from Latin australis + Greek pithēkos ape
First Known Use: 1943

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