Definition of Dryopithecus in English:

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Dryopithecus

Pronunciation: /ˌdrʌɪəˈpɪθɪkəs/

noun

A fossil anthropoid ape of the middle Miocene to early Pliocene periods, of a genus including the supposed common ancestor of gorillas, chimpanzees, and humans.
  • Genus Dryopithecus, family Pongidae.
Example sentences
  • Tree-living creatures, more like rats than men, were followed by the ancestors of today's lemurs and monkeys, and by a primate called Dryopithecus, believed to be the common ancestor of both apes and man.
  • This paper presents the first three-dimensional reconstruction of the cranium of the European Miocene ape, Dryopithecus.

Derivatives

dryopithecine

Pronunciation: /ˌdrʌɪəˈpɪθəsiːn/
noun& adjective

Origin

Modern Latin, from Greek drus 'tree' + pithēkos 'ape'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: Dryo|pith¦ecus

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