[ smahy-luh-don ]

  1. 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 centimeters) long.

Origin of smilodon

From New Latin (1842), from Greek smī́l(ē) “knife” + -odōn “-toothed, having teeth” (see -odont)

Words Nearby smilodon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024