[drahy-oh-pith-uh-seen, -sahyn, -puh-thee-sin, -sahyn]
- (sometimes initial capital letter) an extinct ape of the genus Dryopithecus, known from Old World Miocene fossils.
- of or relating to this ape.
Origin of dryopithecine
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- 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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- 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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