Definition of Nutcracker Man in US English:

Nutcracker Man


  • The nickname of a fossil hominid with massive jaws and molar teeth, especially the original specimen found near Olduvai Gorge in 1959.

    Australopithecus or 'Zinjanthropus' boisei, family Hominidae. See Australopithecus, Paranthropus

    • ‘Many years ago, the magazine had a glossy picture displaying amazing artistic licence of our supposed ancestor, the ‘missing link’ Zinjanthropus boisei or ‘Nutcracker man’, discovered by Louis Leakey.’


Nutcracker Man

/ˈnətˌkrakər ˌman/