Definition of Gigantopithecus in US English:



  • A very large fossil Asian ape of the late Miocene to early Pleistocene epochs.

    Genus Gigantopithecus, family Pongidae

    • ‘Giant-sized fossil footprints found in Asia are thought by some to be the tracks of Gigantopithecus.’
    • ‘But now a University-based researcher is claiming that Gigantopithecus may have lived concurrently with modern humans.’
    • ‘A German paleontologist discovered Gigantopithecus in 1935 when he picked up a strange, heavy tooth in a Chinese apothecary.’
    • ‘Creatures the size of Gigantopithecus would need a source which existed in abundance.’
    • ‘Its size and ape affiliation suggest Gigantopithecus was a ground-dwelling, fist-walking creature.’


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