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australopithecine

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noun aus·tra·lo·pith·e·cine \ȯ-ˌstrā-lō-ˈpi-thə-ˌsīn, ä-; ˌȯs-trə-, ˌäs-\

Definition of australopithecine

  1. :  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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