[ ih-jip-toh-pith-i-kuhs, -puh-thee-kuhs ]

  1. a presumed genus of extinct primate, known from remains of a single species, A. zeuxis, 33–35 million years old and thought to have resembled modern New World monkeys: most fossils originate in Egypt, the first having been discovered in central Egypt in 1965.

Origin of Aegyptopithecus

First recorded in 1960–65; from New Latin, equivalent to Latin Aegypt(us) “Egypt” + New Latin -o- + pithēcus “ape,” from Greek píthēkos; see origin at -o-

Words Nearby Aegyptopithecus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023