The genus that includes modern humans is called Homo. "Homo sapiens" are modern humans. Our ancestors had names like "Homo neanderthalensis" and "Homo erectus."

Homo is a Latin word that means man, or human. When it is used as a prefix, as in "homosexual," it comes from the Greek word homos, meaning the same. It is from the word "homosexual" that the noun homo is shortened and takes its second meaning — a derogatory term for a homosexual or gay man. Its use is offensive, and you should use other terms instead. It is spelled with a lowercase h in this use.

Definitions of homo

n any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage

human, human being, man
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human beings, human race, humanity, humankind, humans, man, mankind, world
all of the living human inhabitants of the earth
Homo erectus
extinct species of primitive hominid with upright stature but small brain
Homo soloensis
extinct primitive hominid of late Pleistocene; Java; formerly Javanthropus
Homo habilis
extinct species of upright East African hominid having some advanced humanlike characteristics
Homo sapiens
the only surviving hominid; species to which modern man belongs; bipedal primate having language and ability to make and use complex tools; brain volume at least 1400 cc
Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, Neandertal, Neandertal man, Neanderthal, Neanderthal man
extinct robust human of Middle Paleolithic in Europe and western Asia
Homo rhodesiensis, Rhodesian man
a primitive hominid resembling Neanderthal man but living in Africa
Java man, Trinil man
fossil remains found in Java; formerly called Pithecanthropus erectus
Peking man
fossils found near Beijing, China; they were lost during World War II
Solo man
early man of late Pleistocene; skull resembles that of Neanderthal man but with smaller cranial capacity; found in Java
extinct human of Upper Paleolithic in Europe
Boskop man
possible early Homo sapiens represented by a cranium found in the Transvaal; formerly considered a separate species
Homo sapiens sapiens, modern man
subspecies of Homo sapiens; includes all modern races
Type of:
a primate of the family Hominidae

n someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex

gay, homophile, homosexual
gay man, shirtlifter
a homosexual man
gay woman, lesbian, tribade
a female homosexual
closet queen
a negative term for a homosexual man who chooses not to reveal his sexual orientation
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individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

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