The Globetrotter’s Glossary: Word of the Day is Mediterraneanderthal


Mediterraneanderthal (n. & adj.)

Variables: Mediterraneanderthaloid.

Roots: Mediterranean & Neanderthal (Click on the links to find the meanings of the root words on Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

Definition: Adj. Of relating to, or belonging to, a Mediterranean quality of climate; or texture (as in food, art, cinema, etc.). N. Also a person who is obsessed with Mediterranean representations or signs.


  • Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather series can be said to be haunted by mediterraneanderthal daylight (which adds that pinkish hue to its cinematography) and migrant oranges (the uncredited characters in its dramatis personae).
  • Once a fan of Dante Alighieri, and unrequited romances, Raphael in his later life was to become the definitive mediterraneanderthal, while scenes as benign as orange graffiti on white walls turned into inspirations for his profuse Italian imagery.


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