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Used attributive with reference to an extinct hominid (‘Java man’) known from fossil remains found at Trinil on the banks of the Bengawan Solo river in Java, which was the first fossil hominid to be found outside Europe and was later assigned to Homo erectus.
Late 19th century. From Trinil (Javanese Trinil, Indonesian Trinil), the name of a village in eastern Java, where the fossils were found in 1891.
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