1. of or belonging to a genus (Dryopithecus) of fossil apelike animals
2. a dryopithecine ape
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Word origin of 'dryopithecine'
< ModL Dryopithecinae
, name of the subfamily < Dryopithecus
, type genus < Gr drys
+ ModL -pithecus
, ape (see Pithecanthropus erectus
) + -inae
, suffix for members of a subfamily < L, fem. pl. of -inus