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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Origin and Etymology of zinjanthropus
New Latin, from Arabic Zīnj eastern Africa + New Latin -anthropus
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