Piltdown man

noun

Pilt·​down man ˈpilt-ˌdau̇n- How to pronounce Piltdown man (audio)
: a supposedly very early hominid erroneously reconstructed in the early 1900s from what was later determined to be human skull fragments and an orangutan lower jaw planted by a hoaxer

Word History

Etymology

Piltdown, East Sussex, England

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Piltdown man was in 1913

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Cite this Entry

“Piltdown man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Piltdown%20man. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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