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Gigantopithecus

[jahy-gan-toh-pi-thee-kuh s, -pith-i-kuh s, ji-] /dʒaɪˌgæn toʊ pɪˈθi kəs, -ˈpɪθ ɪ kəs, dʒɪ-/
noun
1.
a genus of extinct ape of southern Asia existing during the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs, known only from very large fossil jaws and teeth and believed to be perhaps the biggest hominoid that ever lived.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; < Neo-Latin < Greek gigant- (stem of gígās) giant + -o- -o- + píthēkos ape
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