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  1. any of a diverse group of extinct predatory mammals, from the Paleocene to Pleistocene epochs, that constituted the suborder Creodonta, of the order Carnivora, developing along evolutionary lines somewhat parallel to those of the ancestors of modern carnivores and typically having a stocky, doglike body and a long, low skull.
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Origin of creodont

< New Latin Creodonta (1875) name of the group, equivalent to cre- (< Greek kréas flesh) + -odont- -odont + -a neuter plural ending
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Examples from the Web for creodont

Historical Examples

  • There are, however, other points of likeness which seem rather to point to a Creodont origin.

    The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia

    Frank Evers Beddard

  • The group is believed to be derived from a creodont allied to the Eocene Palaeonictis (see Creodonta).

  • The well-known plantigrade tread of bears is a primitive characteristic which has survived from their creodont ancestry.

    The Elements of Geology

    William Harmon Norton

British Dictionary definitions for creodont


  1. any of a group of extinct Tertiary mammals some of which are thought to have been the ancestors of modern carnivores: order Carnivora
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Creodonta, from Greek kreas flesh + odōn tooth
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creodont in Science


  1. Any of various extinct carnivorous mammals of the order Creodonta of the Paleocene to the Pliocene Epochs. Creodonts had long, low skulls with crests to which chewing muscles were attached. They were the dominant carnivorous mammals for millions of years, and were once believed to be ancestral to modern carnivores.
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