having molar teeth with crowns formed of crescent-shaped cusps.

Origin of selenodont

First recorded in 1880–85; selen(o)- + -odont
Related formsse·le·no·don·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for selenodont



(of the teeth of certain mammals) having crescent-shaped ridges on the crowns, as in deer


a mammal with selenodont teeth

Word Origin for selenodont

C19: from seleno- (moon-shaped) + -odont
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