hom·​i·​noid | \ ˈhä-mə-ˌnȯid How to pronounce hominoid (audio) \

Definition of hominoid

: any of a superfamily (Hominoidea) of primates including recent hominids, gibbons, and pongids together with extinct ancestral and related forms (as of the genera Proconsul and Dryopithecus)

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Other Words from hominoid

hominoid adjective

Examples of hominoid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its enormous size—13 inches—also suggests a magnificent hominoid, a King Kong type of image! National Geographic, 19 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of hominoid

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hominoid

New Latin Hominoidea, from Homin-, Homo + -oidea, suffix of higher taxa, from Latin -oïdes -oid entry 2

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“Hominoid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hominoid. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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hom·​i·​noid | \ ˈhäm-ə-ˌnȯid How to pronounce hominoid (audio) \

Medical Definition of hominoid

: any member of the superfamily Hominoidea also : an animal that resembles humans

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hominoid adjective


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