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[huhn-ter-gath -er-er] /ˈhʌn tərˈgæð ər ər/
noun, Anthropology
a member of a group of people who subsist by hunting, fishing, or foraging in the wild. Unabridged
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  • That's a common trait in many hunter-gatherer societies, where the numbering system is often one-two-three-many.
  • Early humans probably lived close together in hunter-gatherer groups, in which the rate of parasite transmission was high.
  • Here are two of our favorite recipes from our hunter-gatherer past, using easier-to-find farm-raised duck.
  • Something ruminative, but with an underlying acuity, as though some old hunter-gatherer module were activated.
  • In many respects, the human brain is after all a fairly primitive device evolved for coping with hunter-gatherer environments.
  • Second, that those modules continue to be adapted to a hunter-gatherer way of life.
  • Put simply, evo psych posits that favorable traits during our hunter-gatherer days persisted in our modern contexts.
  • Growing algae converts a hunter-gatherer system into one of farming.
  • Using the cultural patterns present in living hunter-gatherer groups they presumed they could infer the ancestral state.
  • We basically still have peasant or hunter-gatherer brains in a high-tech world.
British Dictionary definitions for hunter-gatherer


(of a society, lifestyle, etc) surviving by hunting animals and gathering plants for subsistence
a member of such a society
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