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coryphodon

[ kuh-rif-uh-don ]

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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Word History and Origins

Origin of coryphodon1

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

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Example Sentences

In Coryphodon the skull is of a more normal character, being without the conspicuous protuberances.

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

Coryphodon is thus, as might be expected in a primal placental mammal, a creature of somewhat generalised type.

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.

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