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[hom-uh-nid] /ˈhɒm ə nɪd/
noun, Anthropology
any of the modern or extinct bipedal primates of the family Hominidae, including all species of the genera Homo and Australopithecus.
Also, homonid, hominian
[hoh-min-ee-uh n] /hoʊˈmɪn i ən/ (Show IPA)
Origin of hominid
1885-90; < New Latin Hominidae, equivalent to Latin homin- (stem of homō) man (see Homo) + -idae -id2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hominids
  • There seems no reason why it should not happen to hominids.
  • And various other features of hominids' skulls also hint at linguistic ability.
  • But all humans in the world belong to the same subspecies of hominids.
  • But the degree to which these hominids walked on the ground has been debated.
  • For example, many of the best fossils of hominids come from piles of bones near places where predators ate lunch.
  • Tim said something about hominids seeing this moon rising over water here for millions of years.
  • Even today researchers argue about what separates modern humans from other, extinct hominids.
  • The researchers compared the ancient skull and related fossils with the fossils of many other known hominids and primates.
  • Based on fossils discovered in earlier digs, hominids appear to have lived in the area for nearly six million years.
  • In addition to the ancient hominids, the site includes fossils of more modern early-human species.
British Dictionary definitions for hominids


any primate of the family Hominidae, which includes modern man (Homo sapiens) and the extinct precursors of man
of, relating to, or belonging to the Hominidae
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Latin homo man + -id²
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Word Origin and History for hominids



1889, "family of mammals represented by man," from Modern Latin Hominidæ the biological family name, coined 1825 from Latin homo (genitive hominis) "man" (see homunculus). As an adjective from 1915.

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hominids in Science
Any of various primates of the family Hominidae, whose only living members are modern humans. Hominids are characterized by an upright gait, increased brain size and intelligence compared with other primates, a flattened face, and reduction in the size of the teeth and jaw. Besides the modern species Homo sapiens, hominids also include extinct species of Homo (such as H. erectus) and the extinct genus Australopithecus. In some classifications, the family Hominidae also includes the anthropoid apes.
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hominids in Culture
hominids [(hom-uh-nidz)]

The biological family that includes our species, Homo sapiens. This family has also included Neanderthals and other forerunners of today's humans, such as Australopithecus, Homo erectus, and Homo habilis. Today's human beings are the only surviving hominids.

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