1. of, belonging to, or resembling a former genus (Pithecanthropus, now classified as Homo erectus) of extinct early humans, who lived in Java, China, Europe, and Africa
: also ˌpitheˈcanthroˌpoid (ˌpɪθɪˈkænthroʊˌpɔɪd
; pit hˌikanˈthrōpoidˌ; ˌpɪθəˈkænθrəˌpɔɪd
; pit hˌəkanˈt hrəpoidˌ)
2. a pithecanthropine human
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