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megathere

[meg-uh-theer] /ˈmɛg əˌθɪər/
noun
1.
any of the huge, slothlike animals of the extinct genus Megatherium, or closely related genera, that lived from the Oligocene to the Pleistocene epochs.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; < Neo-Latin Megatherium; see mega-, -there
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megathere

/ˈmɛɡəˌθɪə/
noun
1.
any of various gigantic extinct American sloths of the genus Megatherium and related genera, common in late Cenozoic times
Derived Forms
megatherian, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin megathērium, from mega- + -there, from Greek thērion wild beast
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