[drahy-oh-pith-i-kuh s, -puh-thee-]
- an extinct genus of generalized hominoids that lived in Europe and Africa during the Miocene Epoch and whose members are characterized by small molars and incisors.
- one of the four subgenera of this genus, limited to Europe.
Origin of Dryopithecus
< New Latin (1856) < Greek drŷ(s) tree, oak + -o- -o- + píthēkos monkey
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Examples from the Web for dryopithecus
Dryopithecus was smaller than the chimpanzee, but much larger than the gibbon.The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions
Dryopithecus is more Man-like than any other, and seems to have been as large as a Chimpanzee.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
Palæopithecus, Dryopithecus, Palæosimia, and Sivapithecus are extinct simians.Man, Past and Present
Agustus Henry Keane