homo

noun (1), often capitalized
ho·mo | \ ˈhō-(ˌ)mō \
plural homos

Definition of homo 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: any of a genus (Homo) of hominids that includes modern humans (H. sapiens) and several extinct related species (such as H. erectus and H. habilis)

homo

noun (2)
plural homos

Definition of homo (Entry 2 of 3)

slang, disparaging + offensive

Definition of homo- (Entry 3 of 3)

— see hom-

Other words from homo

Noun (2)

homo adjective disparaging + offensive

First Known Use of homo

Noun (1)

1591, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for homo

Noun (1)

New Latin Homin-, Homo, from Latin, human being — more at homage

Noun (2)

by shortening

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homo-

Kids Definition of homo-

see hom-

homo

noun
ho·mo | \ ˈhō-(ˌ)mō \

Medical Definition of homo 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 capitalized : a genus of primate mammals of the family Hominidae that includes modern humans (H. sapiens) and several extinct related species (as H. erectus)

2 plural homos : any primate mammal of the genus Homo

homo

noun
plural homos

Medical Definition of homo (Entry 2 of 2)

often disparaging

Other words from homo

homo adjective

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