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  1. a large extinct marsupial of the Australian genus Diprotodon
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek from di- 1 + proto- + -odont, from its two prominent lower incisors
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Historical Examples

  • Even the marsupials in Australia produced a species (Diprotodon) as large as a rhinoceros with a skull three feet long.

    The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions

    Carveth Read

  • The hind-foot of the Diprotodon could not be more unlike that of a Kangaroo than it actually is.

  • Diprotodon, a gigantic fossil marsupial from Pleistocene beds in Australia, allied to the kangaroos.