Homo sapiens

Ho·​mo sa·​pi·​ens | \ ˌhō-(ˌ)mō-ˈsā-pē-ˌenz How to pronounce Homo sapiens (audio) , -ənz, especially British -ˈsa-pē-ənz \

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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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The first known use of Homo sapiens was in 1802

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“Homo sapiens.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Homo%20sapiens. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of Homo sapiens

: the species of human beings that exist today

Homo sapiens

Ho·​mo sa·​pi·​ens | \ ˌhō-(ˌ)mō-ˈsap-ē-ənz How to pronounce Homo sapiens (audio) , -ˈsā-pē- How to pronounce Homo sapiens (audio) , -ˌenz \

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