dryopithecine

[ drahy-oh-pith-uh-seen, -sahyn, -puh-thee-sin, -sahyn ]
/ ˌdraɪ oʊˈpɪθ əˌsin, -ˌsaɪn, -pəˈθi sɪn, -saɪn /

noun

(sometimes initial capital letter) an extinct ape of the genus Dryopithecus, known from Old World Miocene fossils.

adjective

of or relating to this ape.

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Origin of dryopithecine

First recorded in 1945–50; Dryopithec(us) + -ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for dryopithecine

dryopithecine
/ (ˌdraɪəʊˈpɪθəˌsiːn) /

noun

any extinct Old World ape of the genus Dryopithecus, common in Miocene and Pliocene times: thought to be the ancestors of modern apes

Word Origin for dryopithecine

C20: from New Latin Dryopithēcus, from Greek drus tree + pithēkos ape
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Scientific definitions for dryopithecine

dryopithecine
[ drī′ō-pĭthĭ-sēn′ ]

An extinct ape of the genus Dryopithecus, known from fossil remains of the Miocene and Pliocene Epochs in the Eastern Hemisphere. It is believed to be an ancestor of the anthropoid apes and humans.
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