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

  • n. A primate of the family Hominidae, of which Homo sapiens is the only extant species.
  • adj. Of the Hominidae.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any primate of the family Hominidae. All the great apes (Humans, chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orangutans).
  • adj. Of the Hominidae

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the Hominidæ; a man.

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

  • adj. characterizing the family Hominidae, which includes Homo sapiens as well as extinct species of manlike creatures
  • n. a primate of the family Hominidae


From New Latin Hominidae, family name, from Latin homō, homin-, man; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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