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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 hominid
  • Their enhanced mobility might someday prove as liberating as the first upright steps of hominid ancestors long ago.
  • Journalists serve the public with their daily reports about our studies of flu vaccines and voting patterns and hominid fossils.
  • The world in which our hominid ancestors evolved was pretty similar to the world in which these monkeys live.
  • Imagine an album with a photograph of each member of the hominid family.
  • Our hominid ancestors are forced into the water to find food.
  • Fossils are the principal evidence of hominid evolution, but they take scientists only so far.
  • He starts fairly sedately, with chapters on hominid evolution and visual perception.
  • The overwhelming trait of our hominid species is denial when facts conflict with self-interest.
  • The sculptures emphasize that our predecessor species did not simply succeed one another, each hominid more evolved than the last.
  • The dispute is about whether the six to seven million-year-old fossil is a hominid or an ape.
British Dictionary definitions for hominid


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 hominid

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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hominid 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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