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human being (plural human beings)
- A person; a large sapient, bipedal primate, with notably less hair than others of that order, of the species Homo sapiens. (Discuss(+) this sense)
- 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volume III, VII xiv:
- He began to reflect that in a few Minutes he might possibly deprive a human Being of Life, or might lose his own.
- Any member of the genus Homo, including extinct species.
- 2006, P. & C. Zaleski, Prayer: A History, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, →ISBN, page 15:
- Who was the first human being to pray? Perhaps he or she was a member of Homo habilis, the first truly human species, who roamed the gorges and plains of sub-Saharan Africa about two million years ago, or perhaps a member of Homo erectus (1.6 million—300,000 B.C.E.), Homo habilis’s immediate descendants, who spread across half the globe, from the eastern plains of Asia to the valleys of northern Europe.
- 2007, K. Kotsakis, “Tools and language”, in A.F. Christidis, editor, A History of Ancient Greek, Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 106:
- A specific part of the left hemisphere, known as Broca's area, which is associated in modern humans with speech production, has already been observed in casts of the brain of homo habilis, the first human being to make tools
- 2014, S. Rasmussen, The Greatest Safari: In the Beginning Was Africa, 30 Degrees South, →ISBN, pages 223–224:
- We have an idea that the first human being, Homo habilis, was the fruit of an Australopithecus – either africanus or garhi – and that it subsequently developed into the upright human Homo erectus, from which both the Neanderthal and the modern human being derive
- 2018, H. Foyaca-Sibat, L.F. Ibañez-Valdés, “Introductory Chapter”, in H. Foyaca-Sibat, editor, Seizures, DOI:10.5772/intechopen.75092, →ISBN, page 2:
- Probably the first human being infected by Taenia solium was the Homo ergaster [1, 2]. Therefore, the history of epileptic seizures began at the Lower Pleistocene (between 1.51 and 1.56 million years ago) when H. ergaster lived.
- featherless biped
- naked ape
- See also Thesaurus:person
a human being — see man/translations
person — See also translations at man/translations, person
- human being at OneLook Dictionary Search
- “human being”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary