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noun Paleontology.
  1. 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.
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Origin of coryphodon

1845; < New Latin < Greek koryph(ḗ) peak, top + odṓn tooth
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Historical Examples

  • For the structure of this genus and of Coryphodon, see Osborn, Bull.

    The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia

    Frank Evers Beddard

  • Coryphodon, sometimes as large as an ox, is a typical representative.

  • 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.