Homo sapiens: Meaning and Definition of

Ho•mo sa•pi•ens

Pronunciation: (hō'mō sā'pē-unz), [key]
  1. (italics) the species of bipedal primates to which modern humans belong, characterized by a brain capacity averaging 1400 cc (85 cubic in.) and by dependence upon language and the creation and utilization of complex tools.
  2. humankind.
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