Rhodesian man


Rho·​de·​sian man rō-ˈdē-zh(ē-)ən- How to pronounce Rhodesian man (audio)
: an extinct African hominid (Homo sapiens rhodesiensis) having long limb bones and a cranial capacity like those of modern humans but with more prominent browridges and a larger face and palate

Word History


after Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), where remains of the hominid where found at Broken Hill (now Kabwe) in 1921

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Rhodesian man was in 1921

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“Rhodesian man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Rhodesian%20man. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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