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  1. any extinct elephantlike mammal of the genus Stegodon, from the late Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs, usually considered to be directly ancestral to the modern elephant.

Origin of stegodon

< New Latin, equivalent to Greek stego- stego- + -odōn toothed; see -odont
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stegodont (ˈstɛɡəˌdɒnt)

  1. any proboscidean mammal of the genus Stegodon, of Pliocene to Pleistocene times, similar to the mastodons

Word Origin

C19: New Latin (literally: ridge-toothed), from Greek stegos roof, from stegein to cover + odōn tooth
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