[ smahy-luh-don ]
/ ˈsmaɪ ləˌdɒn /
Save This Word!
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.
TEST YOUR MERIT ON THESE NEW WORDS IN 2021
The Dictionary added new words and definition to our vast collection, and we want to see how well-versed you are in the formally recognized new lingo. Take the quiz!
Question 1 of 8
What does JEDI stand for?
Origin of smilodon
From New Latin (1842), from Greek smī́l(ē) “knife” + -odōn “-toothed, having teeth” (see -odont)
Words nearby smilodon
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021