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  1. any elephantlike mammal of the extinct genus Dinotherium, from the later Tertiary Period of Europe and Asia, having large, outwardly curving tusks.
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Also di·no·the·ri·um [dahy-nuh-theer-ee-uh m] /ˌdaɪ nəˈθɪər i əm/.

Origin of dinothere

< New Latin Dinotherium (1829); see dino-, -there
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Historical Examples

  • The Dinothere and the Mastodon wallowed and browsed where great London now crowds its princely palaces.

    The Romance of Natural History, Second Series

    Philip Henry Gosse

British Dictionary definitions for dinothere


  1. any extinct late Tertiary elephant-like mammal of the genus Dinotherium (or Deinotherium), having a down-turned jaw with tusks curving downwards and backwards
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin dinotherium, from Greek deinos fearful + thērion, diminutive of thēr beast
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