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Etymology

From the name of the German valley where Neanderthal 1 was discovered in 1856. The Düsseltal (from [[w:Template:lang:de language|Template:lang:de]][[Category:Template:lang:de derivations]] Düssel, a small tributary of the River Rhine + tal, “valley”) itself was renamed (from Das Gesteins (“The Rockiness”) and/or Das Hundsklipp (“The Cliff of Dogs”)) in the early 19th century to Neandershöhle (“Neander’s Hollow”), and again in 1850 to Neanderthal (“Neander Valley”); both names were in honour of the German Calvinist theologian and hymn writer Joachim Neander (1650–1680). The surname Neander is the Greek translation of the original [[w:Template:lang:de language|Template:lang:de]][[Category:Template:lang:de derivations]] surname Neumann (“New man”), for which reason Homo neanderthalensis is sometimes called New man in English.

Pronunciation

Adjective

neanderthal (not comparable)

Positive
neanderthal

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. Of or pertaining to Homines neanderthalenses.
    The capacity of the neanderthal skull was 10% larger than that of modern humans.
  2. Of or pertaining to the Neander Valley in Germany.

Noun

Singular
neanderthal

Plural
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neanderthal ({{{1}}})
  1. A specimen of the now extinct species Homo neanderthalensis.
  2. (pejorative) A primitive person.

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