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

  • n. The modern species of humans, the only extant species of the primate family Hominidae.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A specimen of the species Homo sapiens.
  • proper n. A taxonomic species within the genus Homo — human.

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

  • n. the only surviving hominid; species to which modern man belongs; bipedal primate having language and ability to make and use complex tools; brain volume at least 1400 cc

Etymologies

New Latin Homō sapiēns, species name : Latin homō, man + Latin sapiēns, wise, rational, present participle of sapere, to be wise.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
New Latin, from Latin Latin homo ("human being, man") + sapiens ("wise, sensible, judicious") (Wiktionary)
From Latin Homo sapiens, used as a common noun. (Wiktionary)

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