Definition of hominoid in English:


Line breaks: hom¦in|oid
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒmɪnɔɪd


  • A primate of a group that includes humans, their fossil ancestors, and the great apes.
    • Superfamily Hominoidea: families Hominidae and Pongidae
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    • 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.


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  • Relating to hominoid primates; hominid or pongid.
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    • 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.


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

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