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1. Of or belonging to the superfamily Hominoidea, which consists of the lesser apes and the great apes including humans.
2. Resembling a human.
A member of the Hominoidea.

[From New Latin Hominoīdea, superfamily name : Homō, type genus (from Latin homō, homin-, man; see homo1) + -oīdea, neuter pl. of -oīdēs, resembling (from Greek -oeidēs, -oid).]


1. of or like man; manlike
2. (Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the primate superfamily Hominoidea, which includes the anthropoid apes and man
(Animals) a hominoid animal
[C20: from Latin homin-, homo man + -oid]


(ˈhɒm əˌnɔɪd)

a member of the biological superfamily Hominoidea, including all modern great apes and humans and a number of their extinct ancestors and relatives.
[1925–30; < Latin homin-, s. of homō man + -oid; compare New Latin Hominoidea]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hominoid - a primate of the superfamily Hominoidea
primate - any placental mammal of the order Primates; has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet
Hominoidea, superfamily Hominoidea - anthropoid apes and human beings
proconsul - an anthropoid ape of the genus Proconsul
Aegyptopithecus - extinct primate of about 38 million years ago; fossils found in Egypt
Algeripithecus minutus - tiny (150 to 300 grams) extinct primate of 46 to 50 million years ago; fossils found in Algeria; considered by some authorities the leading candidate for the first anthropoid


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Aegyptopithecus is one of the most important fossils in Africa as it is widely believed to be near the ancestral line of Old World monkeys and the hominoids (humans and apes).
Our Human Journey: Hominoids, Global migrations, Shared DNA
There is also the family of the lesser apes - Hylobatidae - that includes various species of gibbons, and all of them together are hominoids or apes.
On the origin, homologies and evolution of primate facial muscles, with a particular focus on hominoids and a suggested unifying nomenclature for the facial muscles of the Mammalia.
Takahata, "Loss of urate oxidase activity in hominoids and its evolutionary implications," Molecular Biology and Evolution, vol.
Variations of the mandibular shape in extant hominoids: generic, specific, and subspecific quantification using elliptical fourier analysis in lateral view.
'Three remarkable tales and two challenges for anthropology: an evaluation of recently reported eye-witness accounts of unidentified hominoids from Flores island', Journal of Cryptozoology 2: 9-30.
Forth, 'Hominids, Hairy Hominoids and the Science of Humanity', Anthropology Today 21 (2005): 13-17.
He reveals that fossil evidence has been found to prove human origins in Europe, and explains that hominoids migrated south to Africa from Europe and later evolved into gorillas, chimpanzees, and humans.
Evolution of the sacrum in hominoids. Am J Phys Anthropol.1987; 74(1):65-81.
The western lowland gorilla diet has implications for the health of humans and other hominoids. J Nutr.