alalus

noun
al·​a·​lus | \ ˈa-lə-ləs; (ˈ)ā-ˈlā-, -ˈla- \
plural alali\ ˈa-​lə-​ˌlī ; (ˈ)ā-​ˈlā-​ , -​ˈla-​ \ or alaloi\ ˈa-​lə-​ˌlȯi ; (ˈ)ā-​ˈlā-​ , -​ˈla-​ \

Definition of alalus

: a hypothetical hominid lacking the faculty of speech

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First Known Use of alalus

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alalus

New Latin, from Greek alalos speechless, from a- a- entry 2 + lalos loquacious

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“Alalus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alalus. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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