Gigantopithecus

noun

Gi·​gan·​to·​pi·​the·​cus
(ˌ)jīˌgantōpə̇ˈthēkəs,
jə̇ˌg-,
-ōˈpithə̇kəs
: a genus of giant fossil primates from the Pleistocene of China intermediate in a number of characters between the great apes and prehistoric humans and sometimes classed with the Hominidae

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from gigant- + -pithecus

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“Gigantopithecus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Gigantopithecus. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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