from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An extinct ape of the genus Dryopithecus, known from Old World fossil remains of the Miocene and Pliocene epochs and believed to be an ancestor of the anthropoid apes and humans.
  • adj. Of or belonging to the genus Dryopithecus.

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  • adj. Of, or relating to, the primate genus Dryopithecus, considered to be relatives of both humans and apes.

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  • n. considered a possible ancestor to both anthropoid apes and humans


From New Latin Dryopithēcus, genus name : Greek drūs, oak; see deru- in Indo-European roots + Greek pithēkos, ape.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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