mastodonic

mastodon

[mas-tuh-don]
noun
1.
a massive, elephantlike mammal of the genus Mammut (Mastodon ), that flourished worldwide from the Miocene through the Pleistocene epochs and, in North America, into recent times, having long, curved upper tusks and, in the male, short lower tusks.
2.
a person of immense size, power, influence, etc.

Origin:
1805–15; < Neo-Latin < Greek mast(ós) breast + odṓn tooth

mastodonic, adjective
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mastodon (ˈmæstəˌdɒn)
 
n
any extinct elephant-like proboscidean mammal of the genus Mammut (or Mastodon), common in Pliocene times
 
[C19: from New Latin, literally: breast-tooth, referring to the nipple-shaped projections on the teeth]
 
masto'dontic
 
adj

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mastodon
1813, from Mod.L. genus name Mastodon (1806), coined by Fr. naturalist Georges Léopole Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert, Baron Cuvier (1769-1832) from Gk. mastos "breast" + odont- "tooth," so called from the nipple-like projections on the crowns of the extinct mammal's fossil molars.
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mastodon   (mās'tə-dŏn')  Pronunciation Key 
Any of several extinct mammals of the genus Mastodon (or Mammut). Mastodons resembled elephants and mammoths except that their molar teeth had conelike cusps rather than parallel ridges for grinding. Like elephants, mastodons had a pair of long, curved tusks growing from their upper jaw, but males also sometimes had a second pair from the lower jaw. Like mammoths, mastodons were covered with hair. They lived from the Oligocene Epoch to the end of the Ice Age.
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