From obsolete German Neanderthal, now spelled Neandertal, the name of a valley (German Tal, older also spelled Thal) near Düsseldorf where the first Neanderthal was discovered in 1856. A hollow near the valley was known as Neanderhöhle (“Neander Hollow”) and Neandershöhle (“Neander’s Hollow”) in the early 19th century, and the valley had been renamed to Neanderthal in 1850, in honour of the German Calvinist theologian and hymn writer Joachim Neander (1650–1680). Before, the valley was known as das Gesteins (literally “The Rocks”) and Hundsklipp (literally “Dog Cliff”).
- (UK) enPR: nē.ănʹdə.täl', IPA(key): /niːˈæn.dəˌtɑːl/,
- (US) enPR: nē.ănʹdər.thäl', IPA(key): /niːˈæn.dɚˌθɑːl/; enPR: nē.ănʹdər.täl', IPA(key): /niːˈæn.dɚˌtɑːl/,, IPA(key): /niˈæn.dɚ.θəl/
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Neanderthal (not comparable)
- Of or pertaining to Homo neanderthalensis.
- The capacity of the Neanderthal skull was 10% larger than that of modern humans.
- (by extension) Old-fashioned, opposed to change.
- Of or pertaining to the Neander Valley in Germany.
Neanderthal (plural Neanderthals)
- A specimen of the now extinct species Homo neanderthalensis.
- 2014, Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Picador, →ISBN, page 250-251:
- These injuries may reflect the rigors of hunting with the Neanderthals' limited repertoire of weapons; the Neanderthals never seem to have developed projectiles, so they would have to have gotten more or less on top of their prey in order to kill them.
- (derogatory) A primitive, savage or uncivilized person.
- “Neanderthal” in Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, Cambridge University Press, 2009
Neanderthal n (genitive Neanderthals)
- Obsolete spelling of
- The traditional spelling is retained in a few names such as Bahnhof Neanderthal and Neanderthal Museum.