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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 and Etymology of dryopithecine

ultimately from Greek drys tree + pithēkos ape


First Known Use: 1939


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