Caenopithecus

noun
Cae·​no·​pi·​the·​cus | \ ˌsēnōpə̇ˈthēkəs, ˌkīn-, -ōˈpithikəs \

Definition of Caenopithecus

: a genus of primates (family Adapidae) of the Eocene of Switzerland in some respects intermediate between tarsioids and the higher primates

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First Known Use of Caenopithecus

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Caenopithecus

New Latin, from caen- + -pithecus

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“Caenopithecus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Caenopithecus. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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