Definitions

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

  • n. A member of the genus Homo, which includes the extinct and extant species of humans.
  • n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a gay man or lesbian.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Short form of homosexual.
  • n. Homogenized milk with a high butterfat content.
  • adj. (sometimes pejorative) Of or pertaining to homosexuality.
  • adj. (Canada, US) Homogenized; almost always said of milk with a high butterfat content.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The typical and single genus of Hominidæ mankind; the human race.
  • n. An element in some compounds of Greek origin, meaning ‘the same’: opposed to hetero-.

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

  • n. any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
  • n. someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex

Etymologies

Latin homō, man; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.
Short for homosexual.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A clipping of words formed from Greek ὁμο- (homo-, meaning same). (Wiktionary)

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  • homo erectus

    July 15, 2009