Definition of Orrorin in English:

Orrorin

noun

  • An extinct hominid, Orrorin tugenensis, known from late Miocene fossil remains found in the Tugen Hills of Kenya, and dated to between 6.2 and 5.6 million years ago.

Origin

Early 21st century. From scientific Latin Orrorin, genus name, according to Senut from a Kalenjin (Tugen) word meaning ‘original man’, but this has not been traced. Perhaps compare Kalenjin (Tugen) arrorin speaker of the Arror variety of Tugen, area where this is spoken, also person who gives directions.

Pronunciation

Orrorin

/ɔːˈrɔːrɪn/