smilodon

smilodon

[smahy-luh-don]
noun
any of several saber-toothed cats of the extinct genus Smilodon, that ranged from California through most of South America during the Pleistocene Epoch and had upper canine teeth more than 6 inches (15 cm) long.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1842) < Greek smī́l(ē) knife + -odōn -toothed, having teeth (see -odont)

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