Definitions for neanderthalniˈæn dərˌθɔl, neɪˈɑn dərˌtɑl; -ˌtɔl, -ˌtɑl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Ne•an•der•thalniˈæn dərˌθɔl, neɪˈɑn dərˌtɑl; -ˌtɔl, -ˌtɑl(adj.)

  1. Category: Physical Anthropology

  2. (often l.c.) primitive, unenlightened, or reactionary.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  3. Category: Physical Anthropology

    Ref: Neanderthal man.

  4. (often l.c.) an unenlightened, old-fashioned, or reactionary person.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

Origin of Neanderthal:

1860–65; after Neanderthal, valley in Germany where evidence of Neanderthal man was first found

Ne•an′der•thal`er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Neandertal man, Neanderthal man, Neandertal, Neanderthal, Homo sapiens neanderthalensis(adj)

    extinct robust human of Middle Paleolithic in Europe and western Asia

  2. boorish, loutish, neanderthal, neandertal, oafish, swinish(adj)

    ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance

    "was boorish and insensitive"; "the loutish manners of a bully"; "her stupid oafish husband"; "aristocratic contempt for the swinish multitude"

  3. Neanderthal, Neanderthalian, Neandertal(adj)

    relating to or belonging to or resembling Neanderthal man

    "Neanderthal skull"

Wiktionary

  1. neanderthal(Noun)

    A primitive person or a person with old-fashioned ideas or who opposes change.

  2. neanderthal(Noun)

    (usually Neanderthal) A specimen of the now extinct species Homo neanderthalensis.

  3. neanderthal(Adjective)

    Primitive, old-fashioned, opposed to change (in allusion to the now extinct species Homo neanderthalensis).

    The capacity of the Neanderthal skull was 10% larger than that of modern humans.

  4. Neanderthal(Noun)

    A specimen of the now extinct species Homo neanderthalensis.

  5. Neanderthal(Noun)

    A primitive person.

  6. Neanderthal(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to Homines neanderthalenses.

    The capacity of the Neanderthal skull was 10% larger than that of modern humans.

  7. Neanderthal(Adjective)

    Old-fashioned, opposed to change (in allusion to Homo neanderthalensis).

  8. Neanderthal(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the Neander Valley in Germany.

  9. Origin: From the name of the German valley where Neanderthal 1 was discovered in 1856. The (from w:Düssel, a small tributary of the River Rhine + tal) itself was renamed (from and/or ) in the early 19 century to , and again in 1850 to w:Neanderthal, Germany; both names were in honour of the German Calvinist theologian and hymn writer Joachim Neander (1650–1680). The surname Neander is a Romanisation of the Greek translation of the original surname Neumann, for which reason Homo neanderthalensis is sometimes called New man in English.

Freebase

  1. Neanderthal

    The Neanderthals or Neandertals are an extinct species or subspecies of the genus Homo which is closely related to modern humans. They are known from fossils, dating from the Pleistocene period, which have been found in Europe and parts of western and central Asia. The species is named after Neandertal, the location in Germany where it was first discovered. Neanderthals are classified either as a subspecies of Homo sapiens or as a separate species of the same genus. The first humans with proto-Neanderthal traits are believed to have existed in Europe as early as 600,000–350,000 years ago. When the Neanderthals went extinct is disputed. Fossils found in the Vindija Cave in Croatia have been dated to between 33,000 and 32,000 years old, and Neanderthal artefacts from Gorham's Cave in Gibraltar are believed to be less than 30,000 years ago, but a recent study has re-dated fossils at two Spanish sites as 45,000 years old, 10,000 years older than previously thought, and may cast doubt on recent dates at other sites. Cro-Magnon skeletal remains showing certain "Neanderthal traits" have been found in Lagar Velho and dated to 24,500 years ago, suggesting that there may have been an extensive admixture of the Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal populations in that region.

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