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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An extinct species of humans, regarded as an ancestor of Homo sapiens.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. a taxonomic species, within genus Homo - "Upright man" (extinct)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. extinct species of primitive hominid with upright stature but small brain

Etymologies

New Latin Homō ērēctus, species name : Latin homō, man + Latin ērēctus, upright.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin homo ("man") + erectus ("erect, high") (Wiktionary)

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