Definition of Gigantopithecus in English:

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Pronunciation: /jīˌɡan(t)əˈpəTHəkəs/


A very large fossil Asian ape of the late Miocene to early Pleistocene epochs.
  • Genus Gigantopithecus, family Pongidae.
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.


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

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Syllabification: Gi·gan·to·pi·the·cus

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