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Neanderthal

noun Ne·an·der·thal \nē-ˈan-dər-ˌtl, -ˌthl; nā-ˈän-dər-ˌtäl\

: a type of early human being that existed very long ago in Europe

: a man who is stupid and rude

: a person who has very old-fashioned ideas and who does not like change

Full Definition of NEANDERTHAL

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or Ne·an·der·tal \-ˌtl, -ˌtäl\ :  a hominid (Homo neanderthalensis syn H. sapiens neanderthalensis) known from skeletal remains in Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia that lived from about 30,000 to 200,000 years ago —called also Neanderthal man
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:  one who suggests a caveman in appearance, mentality, or behavior
Neanderthal or Neandertal adjective
Ne·an·der·thal·oid \-ˌt-ˌlid, -ˌth-, -ˌtä-\ adjective or noun

Examples of NEANDERTHAL

  1. I can't believe I was married to that Neanderthal for three years.
  2. Some Neanderthals continue to resist the education reform bill.

Origin of NEANDERTHAL

Neanderthal, valley in western Germany
First Known Use: 1874

Other Anthropology Terms

ectomorph, ethnography, prehistory, yurt

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