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dryopithecine

noun dryo·pith·e·cine \ˌdrī-ō-ˈpi-thə-ˌsīn\

Definition of DRYOPITHECINE

:  any of a subfamily (Dryopithecinae) of Miocene and Pliocene Old World anthropoid apes sometimes regarded as ancestors of both humans and modern anthropoids
dryopithecine adjective

Origin of DRYOPITHECINE

ultimately from Greek drys tree + pithēkos ape
First Known Use: 1939

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