Homo sapiens

noun
Ho·mo sa·pi·ens | \ˌhō-(ˌ)mō-ˈsā-pē-ˌenz, -ənz, especially British -ˈsa-pē-ənz\

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Synonyms

humanity, humankind, man, mankind

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All people are members of Homo sapiens. how far into outer reaches of the universe will Homo sapiens someday be able to go?

First Known Use of Homo sapiens

1802, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Homo sapiens

New Latin, species name, from Homo, genus name + sapiens, specific epithet, from Latin, wise, intelligent — more at homo, sapient

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Homo sapiens

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English Language Learners Definition of Homo sapiens

: the species of human beings that exist today

Homo sapiens

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Ho·mo sa·pi·ens | \ˌhō-(ˌ)mō-ˈsap-ē-ənz, -ˈsā-pē-, -ˌenz\

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