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dryopithecine

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

Definition of dryopithecine

  1. :  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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