[drahy-oh-pith-uh-seen, -sahyn, -puh-thee-sin, -sahyn]
(sometimes initial capital letter) an extinct ape of the genus Dryopithecus, known from Old World Miocene fossils.
of or pertaining to this ape.

1945–50; Dryopithec(us) + -ine1

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dryopithecine (ˌdraɪəʊˈpɪθəˌsiːn)
any extinct Old World ape of the genus Dryopithecus, common in Miocene and Pliocene times: thought to be the ancestors of modern apes
[C20: from New Latin Dryopithēcus, from Greek drus tree + pithēkos ape]

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dryopithecine   (drī'ō-pĭth'ĭ-sēn')  Pronunciation Key 
An extinct ape of the genus Dryopithecus, known from fossil remains of the Miocene and Pliocene Epochs in the Eastern Hemisphere. It is believed to be an ancestor of the anthropoid apes and humans.
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genus of extinct ape that is representative of early members of the lineage that includes humans and other apes. Although Dryopithecus has been known by a variety of names based upon fragmentary material found over a widespread area including Europe, Africa, and Asia, it appears probable that only a single genus is represented. Dryopithecus is found as fossils in Miocene and Pliocene deposits (23.7 to 1.6 million years old) and apparently originated in Africa

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