Definition of Dryopithecus in English:

Dryopithecus

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.

    • ‘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.’

Origin

Modern Latin, from Greek drus ‘tree’ + pithēkos ‘ape’.

Pronunciation

Dryopithecus

/ˌdrʌɪəˈpɪθɪkəs/