stegodon

stegodon

[steg-uh-don]
noun
any extinct elephantlike mammal of the genus Stegodon, from the late Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs, usually considered to be directly ancestral to the modern elephant.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin, equivalent to Greek stego- stego- + -odōn toothed; see -odont

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stegodon or stegodont (ˈstɛɡəˌdɒn, ˈstɛɡəˌdɒnt)
 
n
any proboscidean mammal of the genus Stegodon, of Pliocene to Pleistocene times, similar to the mastodons
 
[C19: New Latin (literally: ridge-toothed), from Greek stegos roof, from stegein to cover + odōn tooth]
 
stegodont or stegodont
 
n
 
[C19: New Latin (literally: ridge-toothed), from Greek stegos roof, from stegein to cover + odōn tooth]

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