1. any extinct elephantlike mammal of the genus Stegodon, from the late Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs, usually considered to be directly ancestral to the modern elephant.

Origin of stegodon

< New Latin, equivalent to Greek stego- stego- + -odōn toothed; see -odont Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for stegodon


stegodont (ˈstɛɡəˌdɒnt)

  1. any proboscidean mammal of the genus Stegodon, of Pliocene to Pleistocene times, similar to the mastodons

Word Origin for stegodon

C19: New Latin (literally: ridge-toothed), from Greek stegos roof, from stegein to cover + odōn tooth
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