Java man

noun

Ja·​va man ˈjä-və- How to pronounce Java man (audio)
ˈja-
: a Pleistocene hominid known from fragmentary skeletons found in Trinil and Djetis, Java, and classified with the direct ancestor (Homo erectus) of modern humans

Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Java man was in 1911

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“Java man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Java%20man. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

Java man

noun

Ja·​va man ˌjäv-ə- How to pronounce Java man (audio)
ˌjav-
: a small-brained prehistoric human being known chiefly from parts of skeletons found in Java and now classified with the direct ancestor of modern human beings
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