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

Definition of Caenopithecus

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

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of caenopithecus

New Latin, from 1caen- + -pithecus

First Known Use: 1875

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Caenopithecus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to cast off or become cast off

Get Word of the Day daily email!