[tahy-tan-uh-theer, tahyt-n-uh-]


any member of the extinct mammalian family Brontotheriidae, large, horned relatives of the horse common in North America and Eurasia from the Eocene to the Oligocene epochs.

Origin of titanothere

< New Latin Titanotherium genus name, equivalent to Greek Tītā́n Titan + -o- -o- + thēríon -there
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Historical Examples of titanothere

  • The skull of these creatures was rather elongated, and not unlike that of a Titanothere in general aspect.

  • So numerous are the fossil remains in the lower White River beds that these strata are called the titanothere beds.

  • King of this jungle was the titanothere, with its great body, short stocky neck, and columnar legs.

British Dictionary definitions for titanothere



any of various very large horse-like perissodactyl mammals of the genera Menodus, Brontotherium, etc, that lived in Eocene and Oligocene times in North AmericaSee also chalicothere

Word Origin for titanothere

C19: from New Latin Tītānotherium giant animal, from Greek Titan + thēr wild beast
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titanothere in Science



Any of various extinct herbivorous hoofed mammals of the family Brontotheriidae of the Eocene and Oligocene Epochs. Titanotheres were mostly large animals resembling rhinoceroses and had massive skulls with horns and stout bodies.
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