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megathere

[meg-uh-theer]
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noun
  1. any of the huge, slothlike animals of the extinct genus Megatherium, or closely related genera, that lived from the Oligocene to the Pleistocene epochs.
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Origin of megathere

1830–40; < New Latin Megatherium; see mega-, -there
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British Dictionary definitions for megathere

megathere

noun
  1. any of various gigantic extinct American sloths of the genus Megatherium and related genera, common in late Cenozoic times
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Derived Formsmegatherian, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin megathērium, from mega- + -there, from Greek thērion wild beast
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