genus Mastodon

extinct type genus of the Mammutidae: mastodons
Syn: ↑Mammut, ↑genus Mammut
Hypernyms: ↑mammal genus
Member Holonyms: ↑Mammutidae, ↑family Mammutidae, ↑family Mastodontidae

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  • mastodon — mastodonic, adj. /mas teuh don /, n. 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… …   Universalium

  • genus Mammut — noun extinct type genus of the Mammutidae: mastodons • Syn: ↑Mammut, ↑genus Mastodon • Hypernyms: ↑mammal genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Mammutidae, ↑family Mammutidae, ↑family M …   Useful english dictionary

  • mastodon — mas•to•don [[t]ˈmæs təˌdɒn[/t]] n. pal any of numerous extinct elephantlike mammals of the Oligocene through Pleistocene epochs, esp. of the genus Mastodon (formerly Mammut), distinguished from true elephants by their tooth structure Compare… …   From formal English to slang

  • 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 (see MASTO (Cf. masto )) + odon tooth (see TOOTH (Cf. tooth)); so called from the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Mastodon — Mas to*don, n. [Gr. masto s the breast + odoy s, odo ntos, a tooth. So called from the conical projections upon its molar teeth.] (Paleon.) An extinct genus of mammals closely allied to the elephant, but having less complex molar teeth, and often …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mastodon — This article is about the animal. For the American metal band, see Mastodon (band). For other uses, see Mastodon (disambiguation). Mammut redirects here. For the German motorcycle, see Münch (motorcycles). For the German radar, see Mammut radar.… …   Wikipedia

  • mastodon — noun Etymology: New Latin mastodont , mastodon, from Greek mastos + odont , odōn, odous tooth more at tooth Date: 1811 1. any of various extinct mammals (genus Mammut syn. Mastodon) of the elephant family existing from the Miocene through the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mastodon — noun Extinct elephant like mammal of the genus Mammut that flourished worldwide from Miocene through Pleistocene times; differs from elephants and mammoths in the form of the molar teeth …   Wiktionary

  • mastodon — /ˈmæstədɒn/ (say mastuhdon) noun any of various species of large, extinct mammals (genus Mammut, etc.) of the elephant kind, characterised by nipple like elevations on the molar teeth. {New Latin, from Greek, from mast mast + odous tooth} …   Australian English dictionary

  • mastodon — n. a large extinct mammal of the genus Mammut, resembling the elephant but having nipple shaped tubercles on the crowns of its molar teeth. Derivatives: mastodontic adj. Etymology: mod.L f. Gk mastos breast + odous odontos tooth …   Useful english dictionary

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