- 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
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- any proboscidean mammal of the genus Stegodon, of Pliocene to Pleistocene times, similar to the mastodons
C19: New Latin (literally: ridge-toothed), from Greek stegos roof, from stegein to cover + odōn tooth