from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An extinct primate postulated from bones found in Java in 1891 and originally designated Pithecanthropus erectus because it was thought to represent a species evolutionarily between apes and humans. Pithecanthropus is now classified as Homo erectus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hypothetical genus proposed by Haeckel to fill the gap between the anthropoid apes and man.
- n. An extinct hominiform animal approaching the human type more closely than any of the anthropoid apes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. former genus of primitive apelike men now Homo erectus
New Latin Pithēcanthrōpus, genus name : Greek pithēkos, ape + Greek anthrōpos, man.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)