dryopithecine

noun
dryo·​pith·​e·​cine | \ ˌdrī-ō-ˈpi-thə-ˌsīn How to pronounce dryopithecine (audio) \

Definition of dryopithecine

: any of a subfamily (Dryopithecinae) of Miocene and Pliocene Old World anthropoid apes sometimes regarded as ancestors of both humans and modern anthropoids

Other Words from dryopithecine

dryopithecine adjective

First Known Use of dryopithecine

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dryopithecine

ultimately from Greek drys tree + pithēkos ape

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“Dryopithecine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dryopithecine. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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