australopithecine

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noun aus·tra·lo·pith·e·cine \ȯ-ˌstrā-lō-ˈpi-thə-ˌsīn, ä-; ˌȯs-trə-, ˌäs-\

Definition of australopithecine

  1. :  any of various extinct hominids (genera Australopithecus and Paranthropus) that existed two to four million years ago in southern and eastern Africa and include gracile and robust forms exhibiting bipedal locomotion, near-human dentition, and relatively small brains

australopithecine

adjective

Origin and Etymology of australopithecine

ultimately from Latin australis + Greek pithēkos ape


First Known Use: 1943


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