Definition of Oreopithecus in English:

Oreopithecus

noun

  • An extinct ape, Oreopithecus bambolii, known from numerous late Miocene fossil remains found chiefly in Italy, and dated to about eight million years ago.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Geological Magazine. From scientific Latin Oreopithecus, genus name from post-classical Latin oreo- relating to mountains, used here with allusion to the form of the tubercles on the molar teeth + scientific Latin -pithecus (fossil) ape.

Pronunciation

Oreopithecus

/ˌɔːrɪəʊˈpɪθɪkəs/