Definition of hominoid in English:

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hominoid

Pronunciation: /ˈhäməˌnoid/
Zoology

noun

A primate of a group that includes humans, their fossil ancestors, and the anthropoid apes.
  • Superfamily Hominoidea: families Hominidae and Hylobatidae
Example sentences
  • A first look at the jaw shows that it's different from all other fossil hominoids and more similar to large, existing apes.
  • The fossil record is replete with evidence supporting a plant-eating, basically frugivorous way of life for ancestral anthropoids, particularly hominoids.
  • All extant hominoids with the exception of highland gorillas are strongly frugivorous.

adjective

Relating to hominoid primates.
Example sentences
  • At present, there seems little evidence to support a view of selection specifically for ethanol detection or its utilization over the course of hominoid evolution.
  • Fruit-eating also characterized a number of now extinct hominoid lineages.
  • Right from the very first poster, visitors are thrown back millions of years to Africa, the only continent to yield a relatively continuous record of hominoid evolution.

Origin

Early 20th century: from Latin homo, homin- 'human being' + -oid.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: hom·i·noid

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