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