[ smahy-luh-don ]
/ ˈsmaɪ ləˌdɒn /
any of several saber-toothed cats of the extinct genus Smilodon, that ranged from California through most of South America during the Pleistocene Epoch and had upper canine teeth more than 6 inches (15 cm) long.
Origin of smilodon
< New Latin (1842) < Greek smī́l(ē) knife + -odōn -toothed, having teeth (see -odont)
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