Australopith definition

ôstrə-lə-pĭth
Any of several extinct humanlike primates of the genus Australopithecus and closely related genera such as Ardipithecus and Paranthropus.
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(archaeology, anthropology, paleonotology) Of or pertaining to the extinct anthropoid apes of the genera Australopithecus and Paranthropus or their fossils.
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(archaeology, anthropology, paleonotology) Members of the extinct anthropoid apes of the genera Australopithecus and Paranthropus or their fossils.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
australopith
Plural:
australopiths

Origin of australopith

  • From New Latin Austrālopithēcus genus name

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition