Kenyapithecus

noun

Ken·​ya·​pi·​the·​cus
ˌkenyəˈpithə̇kəs,
ˌkēn-,
-pə̇ˈthēk-
1
: a genus of extinct ancient primates (K. africanus and K. wickeri) of eastern Africa held to be part of the great ape and human evolutionary lineage of which the primitive form (K. africanus) is now sometimes included in another primate genus (genus Equatorius)
2
plural -es : a primate of the genus Kenyapithecus

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Kenya, country in Africa + New Latin -pithecus

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“Kenyapithecus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kenyapithecus. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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