Definition of hominin
: any of a taxonomic tribe (Hominini) of hominids that includes recent humans together with extinct ancestral and related forms
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With the exception of our closest hominin relatives, fossil primates almost never make the news.
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Origin and Etymology of hominin
New Latin Hominini, from Homin-, Homo + -ini, tribe suffix, from Latin -inus 1-ine
First Known Use: 1989
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