Definitions for HOMOˈhoʊ moʊ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(n.)(italics) the genus of bipedal primates that includes modern humans and several extinct forms, as H. erectus and H. habilis, distinguished by their large brains and a dependence on tools.
Category: Physical Anthropology
(sometimes l.c.) a member of this genus. the species Homo sapiens or one of its members.
Category: Physical Anthropology, Informal
Origin of Homo:
1590–1600; < L homō man; OL hemō, akin to humus ground, soil (see humus ); c. OE guma, Welsh dyn man, Lith žmónės men
a combining form meaning “same, identical”:
Ref: Also, esp. before a vowel, hom-.
Origin of homo-:
< Gk, comb. form of homós one and the same; akin to Skt sama-; see same
homosexual, homophile, homo, gay(noun)
someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex
homo, man, human being, human(noun)
any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
Short form of homosexual.
Homogenized milk with a high butterfat content.
Of or pertaining to homosexuality.
Homogenized; almost always said of milk with a high butterfat content.
Origin: A clipping of words formed from Greek ὁμο- (homo-, meaning same).
Homo is the genus of great apes that includes modern humans and species closely related to them. The genus is estimated to be about 2.3 to 2.4 million years old, possibly having evolved from australopithecine ancestors, with the appearance of Homo habilis. Several species, including Australopithecus garhi, Australopithecus sediba, Australopithecus africanus, and Australopithecus afarensis, have been proposed as the direct ancestor of the Homo lineage. Each of these species have morphological features that align them with Homo, but there is no consensus on which actually gave rise to Homo. The most salient physiological development between the earlier Australopith species and Homo is the increase in cranial capacity, from about 450 cm³ in A. garhi to 600 cm³ in H. habilis. Within the Homo genus, cranial capacity again doubled from H. habilis through Homo ergaster or H. erectus to Homo heidelbergensis by 0.6 million years ago. The cranial capacity of H. heidelbergensis overlaps with the range found in modern humans. The advent of Homo was thought to coincide with the first evidence of stone tools, and thus by definition with the beginning of the Lower Palaeolithic; however, recent evidence from Ethiopia now places the earliest evidence of stone tool usage at before 3.39 million years ago. The emergence of Homo coincides roughly with the onset of Quaternary glaciation, the beginning of the current ice age.
Translations for HOMO
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(slang) a male homosexual.
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