- a primitive hoofed mammal of the extinct genus Coryphodon, of the early Eocene Epoch, having a long, thickset body, short legs, and five-toed feet, each toe ending in a small hoof.
Origin of coryphodon
1845; < New Latin < Greek koryph(ḗ) peak, top + odṓn tooth
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For the structure of this genus and of Coryphodon, see Osborn, Bull.
Coryphodon, sometimes as large as an ox, is a typical representative.The Story of Evolution
The scapula has not the peculiar acuminate form that exists in Coryphodon, but is triangular and broad above.
The scapula seems to have the same peculiar leaf-like form that it has in the later Coryphodon.
Coryphodon is thus, as might be expected in a primal placental mammal, a creature of somewhat generalised type.The Chain of Life in Geological Time
Sir J. William Dawson