plural noun

: 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
dryopithecine adjective or noun

Word History


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 9 Dec. 2023.

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