prehuman

adjective
pre·​hu·​man | \ (ˈ)prē-ˈhyü-mən How to pronounce prehuman (audio) , -ˈyü- \

Definition of prehuman

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : antedating the appearance of human beings
2 : of, relating to, or being an extinct primate and especially an extinct hominid that resembles or is ancestral to humans

prehuman

noun

Definition of prehuman (Entry 2 of 2)

: an extinct primate and especially an extinct hominid that resembles or is ancestral to humans

Examples of prehuman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The researchers have proposed testing prehuman fossils for the presence or absence of this sialic acid. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Heart disease is the price of becoming human, UCSD study finds," 22 July 2019 Neu5Gc was lost when the mutation in prehumans inactivated a gene called CMAH, functional in other animals. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Heart disease is the price of becoming human, UCSD study finds," 22 July 2019 The shadows of many prehuman civilizations could, in principle, lurk hidden in such subtleties. Steven Ashley, Scientific American, "Could an Industrial Prehuman Civilization Have Existed on Earth Before Ours?," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of prehuman

Adjective

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Prehuman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prehuman. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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