australopithecine australopithecine n. 1. any of several extinct humanlike small-brained bipedal primates of the genus {Australopithecus}; they existed from 1 to 4 million years ago. [WordNet 1.5]

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  • australopithecine — adj. 1. of or pertaining to the genus {Australopithecus}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • australopithecine — [ô strā΄lō pith′ə sīn΄, ô΄strā΄lō pith′əsēn΄; ô΄strə lōpith′ə sīn΄, ô΄strə lō pith′ə sēn] adj. [< ModL < L australis (see AUSTRAL) + ModL pithecus (see PITHECANTHROPUS ERECTUS)] of or relating to a genus (Australopithecus) of extinct… …   English World dictionary

  • Australopithecine — The term australopithecine refers to two very closely related genera within the Hominina subtribe of the Hominini tribe. They appeared in the Pliocene:* Australopithecus , appeared about 4 million years ago; * Paranthropus , appeared about 2.7… …   Wikipedia

  • australopithecine — noun Etymology: ultimately from Latin australis + Greek pithēkos ape Date: 1943 any of a genus (Australopithecus) of extinct southern and eastern African hominids that include gracile and robust forms with near human dentition and a relatively… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • australopithecine — /aw stray loh pith euh seen , suyn , peuh thee sin, suyn , aw streuh /, n. 1. (sometimes cap.) a member of the extinct genus Australopithecus. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, or resembling the genus Australopithecus or its members. [1935 40;… …   Universalium

  • australopithecine — 1. noun Any of several extinct hominid primates, of the genus Australopithecus, from the Pleistocene period 2. adjective Of or pertaining to these creatures Syn …   Wiktionary

  • australopithecine — aus·tra·lo·pith·e·cine …   English syllables

  • australopithecine — aus•tra•lo•pith•e•cine [[t]ɔˌstreɪ loʊˈpɪθ əˌsin, ˌsaɪn, pəˈθi sɪn, ˌsaɪn, ˌɔ strə [/t]] n. 1) pan (sometimes cap.) a member of the genus Australopithecus[/ex] 2) pan of, pertaining to, or resembling the genus Australopithecus or its members •… …   From formal English to slang

  • australopithecine — /ˌɒstrəloʊˈpɪθəsin / (say .ostruhloh pithuhseen) noun 1. a primate of the extinct genus Australopithecus, of the Pliocene epoch, found first in southern Africa, having jaws resembling those of a human and a skull resembling that of an ape.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • australopithecine — I noun any of several extinct humanlike bipedal primates with relatively small brains of the genus Australopithecus; from 1 to 4 million years ago • Hypernyms: ↑hominid • Hyponyms: ↑Australopithecus afarensis, ↑Australopithecus africanus,… …   Useful english dictionary

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