plural noun
Dry·​o·​pith·​e·​ci·​nae | \ -ˌpithəˈsī(ˌ)nē, -ˈkī- \

Definition of Dryopithecinae

: a subfamily of Pongidae comprising Miocene and Pliocene Old World anthropoid apes regarded by some as common ancestors of humans and modern anthropoids and including the genera Dryopithecus, Proconsul, Sivapithecus, and less-known related forms

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dryopithecine \ -​ˈpithəˌsīn How to pronounce Dryopithecinae (audio) , -​ˌkīn \ adjective or noun

History and Etymology for Dryopithecinae

New Latin Dryopithecus, type genus + -inae

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“Dryopithecinae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dryopithecinae. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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