machaerodus

Machaerodus

Ma*ch[ae]"ro*dus\, Machairodus \Ma*chai"ro*dus\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? dagger + ? tooth.] (Paleon.) A genus of extinct mammals allied to the cats, and having in the upper jaw canine teeth of remarkable size and strength; -- hence called saber-toothed tigers.
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