Definition of Gigantopithecus in English:

Gigantopithecus

Line breaks: Gi¦gan¦to|pith¦ecus
Pronunciation: /dʒʌɪˌgantəˈpɪθɪkəs
 
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noun

  • A very large fossil Asian ape of the Upper Miocene to Lower Pleistocene epochs.
    • Genus Gigantopithecus, family Pongidae
    More example sentences
    • A German paleontologist discovered Gigantopithecus in 1935 when he picked up a strange, heavy tooth in a Chinese apothecary.
    • Its size and ape affiliation suggest Gigantopithecus was a ground-dwelling, fist-walking creature.
    • Creatures the size of Gigantopithecus would need a source which existed in abundance.

Origin

modern Latin, from Greek gigas, gigant- (see giant) + pithēkos 'ape'.

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