Definition of Homo sapiens noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Homo sapiens

BrE BrE//ˌhɒməʊ ˈsæpienz//
, BrE//ˌhəʊməʊ ˈsæpienz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhoʊmoʊ ˈseɪpienz//
, NAmE//ˌhoʊmoʊ ˈsæpienz//
[uncountable] (from Latin, specialist)
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the kind or species of human that exists now Homo sapiens is thought to have colonized the island between 55 000 and 35 000 years ago. The study shows that an increase in longevity separates Homo sapiens from other hominids. Word OriginLatin, literally ‘wise man’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Homo sapiens