Piltdown man

noun
Pilt·​down man | \ ˈpilt-ˌdau̇n- How to pronounce Piltdown man (audio) \

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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Cite this Entry

“Piltdown man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Piltdown%20man. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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