pre·​hom·​i·​nid ˌprē-ˈhä-mə-nəd How to pronounce prehominid (audio)
: any of various extinct primates resembling or ancestral to hominids
prehominid adjective

Word History


ultimately from Latin pre- + homin-, homo human being — more at homage

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prehominid was in 1939

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Cite this Entry

“Prehominid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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