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’

adjective

  • Denoting or relating to an australopithecine.

    ‘australopithecine fossils’

Origin

1930s: from Australopithecus + -ine.

Pronunciation

australopithecine

/ˌɒstrələʊˈpɪθɪsiːn/