- any elephantlike mammal of the extinct genus Dinotherium, from the later Tertiary Period of Europe and Asia, having large, outwardly curving tusks.
Also di·no·the·ri·um [dahy-nuh-theer-ee-uh m] /ˌdaɪ nəˈθɪər i əm/.
Origin of dinothere
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The skull of Dinotherium is lower than that of Elephas or Mastodon.
Were this to be developed into a tusk, the jaw would present a curious resemblance to that of Dinotherium.
They are simple bilophodont molars, very like those of Dinotherium.
Dinotherium is a member of the group Proboscidea, of the line of descent of the elephants.
- any extinct late Tertiary elephant-like mammal of the genus Dinotherium (or Deinotherium), having a down-turned jaw with tusks curving downwards and backwards
C19: from New Latin dinotherium, from Greek deinos fearful + thērion, diminutive of thēr beast
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- Any of various extinct elephantlike mammals of the genus Dinotherium that existed during the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene Epochs. Characteristic of the dinotherium were tusks that grew downward from its lower jaw.
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