Piltdown man

noun
Pilt·down man | \ˈpilt-ˌdau̇n- \

Definition of Piltdown man 

: 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

First Known Use of Piltdown man

1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Piltdown man

Piltdown, East Sussex, England

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