zinj·​an·​thro·​pus | \ zinˈjan(t)thrəpəs \

Definition of zinjanthropus

1 capitalized : a genus of fossil hominids based on a skull found in eastern Africa, characterized by very low brow and large molars, and tentatively assigned to the Lower Pleistocene
2 plural zinjanthropi\ -​rəˌpī \ or zinjanthropuses : an individual or fossil of the genus Zinjanthropus

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History and Etymology for zinjanthropus

New Latin, from Arabic Zīnj eastern Africa + New Latin -anthropus

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“Zinjanthropus.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zinjanthropus. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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