Definition of australopithecine in English:

australopithecine

noun

  • A fossil bipedal primate with both ape-like and human characteristics, found in Pliocene and Lower Pleistocene deposits (circa 4 million to 1 million years old) in Africa.

    • ‘the flat forehead of extinct australopithecines’

Pronunciation

australopithecine

/ˌôstrəlōˈpiTHəˌsēn/ /ˌɔstrəloʊˈpɪθəˌsin/ /ˌästrəlōˈpiTHəˌsēn/ /ˌɑstrəloʊˈpɪθəˌsin/

adjective

  • Denoting or relating to an australopithecine.

    • ‘australopithecine fossils’

Pronunciation

australopithecine

/ˌôstrəlōˈpiTHəˌsēn/ /ˌɔstrəloʊˈpɪθəˌsin/ /ˌästrəlōˈpiTHəˌsēn/ /ˌɑstrəloʊˈpɪθəˌsin/

Origin

1930s from Australopithecus + -ine.