Neanderthal (noun)

  1. A member of a group of ancient humans that lived in Europe and western Asia from about 200,000 to 30,000 years ago.
  2. A primitive or uncivilized person.
  3. A person who is outdated or out of touch with modern culture.


Late 19th century: from neander valley in germany, where bones of the first specimen were found + -thal, after homo neanderthalensis, the species name.


  1. The discovery of a neanderthal skull in a cave in Spain was a major scientific breakthrough.
  2. His attitudes and beliefs were often seen as neanderthal by his friends and colleagues.
  3. She was considered a neanderthal by her classmates because of her conservative views.
  4. The neanderthal culture was characterized by the use of stone tools and the hunting of large mammals.
  5. The researchers believe that the neanderthals may have interbred with early modern humans.
Some random words: simulacrum, thorium, swallowtail