Definition of Australopithecus noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌɒstrələʊˈpɪθɪkəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɔːstrəloʊˈpɪθɪkəs//
[uncountable, countable]
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a creature similar to humans and apes that existed over one million years ago in Africa Word Originmodern Latin, from Latin australis ‘southern’, from Auster ‘the south, the south wind’ + Greek pithēkos ‘ape’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Australopithecus