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Sivapithecus

[ siv-uh-pith-i-kuhs, -puh-thee-kuhs ]
/ ˌsɪv əˈpɪθ ɪ kəs, -pəˈθi kəs /
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noun

a genus of extinct Miocene primates of Asia that resemble the modern orangutan.

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Origin of Sivapithecus

<New Latin, equivalent to Siva (<Sanskrit śivaShiva) + Greek píthēkos ape

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Example sentences from the Web for Sivapithecus

  • A chiefly frugivorous stage, with large canines and parallel rows of cheek teeth (cf. Sivapithecus).

    Man, Past and Present|Agustus Henry Keane
  • Palæopithecus, Dryopithecus, Palæosimia, and Sivapithecus are extinct simians.

    Man, Past and Present|Agustus Henry Keane
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