plural alali
or alaloi
: a hypothetical hominid lacking the faculty of speech

Word History


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

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alalus was in 1876

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“Alalus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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