EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun any elephantlike mammal of the extinct genus Dinotherium, from the later Tertiary Period of Europe and Asia, having large, outwardly curving tusks.
di·no·the·ri·um [dahy-n uh- theer-ee- uh m] /ˌdaɪ nəˈθɪər i əm/
Origin of dinothere
New Latin Dinotherium
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Dinotherium appears to have been organised to satisfy the same tastes.
The skull of
Dinotherium is lower than that of Elephas or Mastodon.
Were this to be developed into a tusk, the jaw would present a curious resemblance to that of
They are simple bilophodont molars, very like those of
Dinotherium. Dinotherium is a member of the group Proboscidea, of the line of descent of the elephants. British Dictionary definitions for dinotherium noun any extinct late Tertiary elephant-like mammal of the genus Dinotherium (or Deinotherium), having a down-turned jaw with tusks curving downwards and backwards Word Origin for dinothere
C19: from New Latin
dinotherium, from Greek deinos fearful + thērion, diminutive of thēr beast
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Any of various extinct elephantlike mammals of the genus Dinotherium that existed during the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene Epochs. Characteristic of the dinotherium were tusks that grew downward from its lower jaw.
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