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  1. any of various extinct Triassic mammal-like reptiles having a single pair of tusklike teeth
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek, from di- 1 + kuōn dog + -odont
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Historical Examples

  • Dicynodont, di-sin′o-dont, n. an extinct reptile, allied to tortoises on one hand and mammals on the other.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • Where was man in the time of the dicynodont, and when hoary monsters wallowed in the mud?

    The Story of an African Farm

    (AKA Ralph Iron) Olive Schreiner