australopithecine (s) (noun)
, australopithecines (pl)
An extinct primate of the genus Australopithecus: Australopithecines existed from 1 to 4 million years ago in southern and eastern Africa, and were human-like and small-brained bipedal primates.
A taxonomic genus of the extinct hominids: The small-brained, large-toothed bipedal hominids, which are related to humans, lived in Africa between one and four million years ago.
The eastern part of the medieval kingdom of the Franks: The capital of Austrasia was Metz, and today Austrasia consists of what are now parts of France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Southern; southerly; austral: Sandy liked using old-fashioned words and said, "Now it is the time of year for the austrine winds to come!"
Austro-Asiatic, Austroasiatic (s) (noun) (no pl)
A family of languages of southeast Asia: Austroasiatic was once dominant in northeast India and Indochina, including Mon-Khmer and Munda.
Relating to Australian Aboriginals and some other Southeast Asian and Pacific peoples: The austroloid classification was traditionally distinguished by physical characteristics, such as dark skin and dark curly hair, and including the Aboriginal peoples of Australia along with various peoples of southeast Asia, especially Melanesia and the Malay Archipelago.
austromancer (s) (noun)
, austromancers (pl)
Someone who makes predictions of events by observing and analyzing winds blowing from the south: In the book Jane was reading, one of the characters was an austromancer who could foretell upcoming occurrences and developments by studying the air-currents coming from the south.
austromancy (s) (noun) (no pl)
Divination by observing winds: Austromancy especially concerns the south winds, with special significance attached to their direction and intensity.
The islands located in the central and South Pacific: Austronesia refers to the region consisting of Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, and neighboring islands in the Pacific Ocean:
Austronesian (s) (noun) (no pl)
The major family of languages of the islands of Southeast Asia and the Pacific (including Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, parts of southern Vietnam, Madagascar, Melanesia (excluding much of New Guinea), Micronesia, and Polynesia.
The family is divided into (1) Western Austronesian, or Indonesian, containing about 200 languages, and (2) Eastern Austronesian, or Oceanic, with about 300 languages.
Proto-Austronesian probably started in southern China or Taiwan before 3000 BC. Austronesian speakers were the first humans to settle the Pacific islands beyond western Melanesia.
Austronesian was the most widely spread ethno-linguistic group on Earth, with the distance from Madagascar to Easter Island being 210 degrees of longitude.
Austrophily (s) (noun) (no pl)
A special affinity or fondness for Austria, including the Austrian people and their culture: Stella's grandparents came from Austria and she developed a love for the country, and this Austrophily became so strong that she wanted to move and live there forever!
Austrosaurus (s) (noun)
, Austrosauruses (pl)
One of the diverse carnivorous dinosaurs of the genus Allosaurus; "southern lizard": Austrosauruses existed from the Early-Middle Cretaceous of Central Western Queensland, Australia. Austrosaurus was named by the paleontologist J. Heber Longman in 1933.
, more circumaustral, most circumaustral
Referring to the distribution of organisms around the high latitudes of the southern hemisphere: The circumaustral scattering pattern of living forms of life are found around the high latitudes of the southern hemisphere in the austral region next to the Antarctic zone.
An autumn constellation in the southern hemisphere: Piscis Austrinus
is located between Grus and Aquarius and is supposed to resemble a fish.
Piscis Austrinus includes Fomalhaut, the brightest star in the constellation.
An imaginaty or supposed continent that showed up on European maps between the 15th and 18th century:
is also known as, Terra Australis Incognita
, Latin for "the unknown land of the South".
It was introduced by Aristotle. Aristotle's ideas were later expanded by Ptolemy, a Greek cartographer from the first century A.D., who believed that the Indian Ocean was enclosed on the south by land.
Cross references of word groups that are related, directly or indirectly, to: "air, wind":