Definition of Neanderthal

1. Noun. Extinct robust human of Middle Paleolithic in Europe and western Asia.

Exact synonyms: Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis, Neandertal, Neandertal Man, Neanderthal Man
Group relationships: Genus Homo
Generic synonyms: Homo, Human, Human Being, Man
Derivative terms: Neandertal, Neanderthalian



2. Adjective. Ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance. "Aristocratic contempt for the swinish multitude"
Exact synonyms: Boorish, Loutish, Neandertal, Oafish, Swinish
Similar to: Unrefined
Derivative terms: Boorishness

3. Adjective. Relating to or belonging to or resembling Neanderthal man. "Neanderthal skull"

Definition of Neanderthal

1. a. Of, pertaining to, or named from, the Neanderthal, a valley in the Rhine Province, in which were found parts of a skeleton of an early type of man. The skull is characterized by extreme dolichocephaly, flat, retreating forehead, with closed frontal sutures, and enormous superciliary ridges. The cranial capacity is estimated at about 1,220 cubic centimeters, being about midway between that of the Pithecanthropus and modern man. Hence, designating the Neanderthal race, or man, a species supposed to have been widespread in paleolithic Europe.

Definition of Neanderthal

1. Adjective. Of or pertaining to ''Homines neanderthalenses''. ¹

2. Adjective. Old-fashioned, opposed to change (in allusion to ''Homo neanderthalensis''). ¹

3. Adjective. Of or pertaining to the Neander Valley in Germany. ¹

4. Noun. A specimen of the now extinct species ''Homo neanderthalensis''. ¹

5. Noun. (pejorative) A primitive person. ¹

6. Adjective. Primitive, old-fashioned, opposed to change (in allusion to the now extinct species ''Homo neanderthalensis''). ¹

7. Noun. (pejorative) A primitive person or a person with old-fashioned ideas or who opposes change. ¹

8. Noun. (usually ''Neanderthal'') A specimen of the now extinct species ''Homo neanderthalensis''. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Neanderthal

Ndjamena
Ndonga
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Nea Filadelfeia
Nea Filadelfia
Nea Ionia
Nea Moudania
Nea Smirni
Nea Smyrni
Neal
Neale
Neandertal
Neandertal man
Neanderthal (current term)
Neanderthal man
Neanderthalian
Neanderthals
Neanthe bella palm
Neapolitan
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Neapolitan chords
Neapolitan ice cream
Neapolitans
Near East
Nearctic
Neath
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Literary usage of Neanderthal

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1. Report of the Annual Meeting (1904)
"He maintains that in recognising with King ' and Cope - the Neanderthal skull as ... He maintains that as the Neanderthal skull stands in many of its ..."

2. The Anthropological Review by Anthropological Society of London (1863)
"He contended that the Neanderthal man was living in the concluding division of the glacial or ... But considering that the Neanderthal skull is eminently ..."

3. The Scientific Memoirs of Thomas Henry Huxley by Thomas Henry Huxley, Michael Foster (1899)
"XXXVI FURTHER REMARKS UPON THE HUMAN REMAINS FROM THE Neanderthal. ... The reputed fossil man of the Neanderthal. The Quarterly Journal of Science. No. ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1903)
"He maintains that in recognizing with King* and Cope t the Neanderthal skull as ... He maintains that as the Neanderthal skull stands in many of its ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1903)
"From the combined results of these and other measurements Schwalbe arrives at the very important and interesting conclusion that the Neanderthal skull ..."

6. Narrative and Critical History of America by Justin Winsor (1889)
"On the Neanderthal skull see Quatrefages and Hamy, Crania Ethnica {Pans, 1873-75), and Dawkins (p. 240). Huxley gives it a great antiquity, and says it is ..."

7. The Popular Science Monthly (1894)
"This appears to have been the first true fossil of man found. In 1857 a human skeleton was discovered in a limestone cave in the Neanderthal gorge near ..."

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