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mastodon

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noun mas·to·don \ˈmas-tə-ˌdän, -dən\

Simple Definition of mastodon

  • : a type of animal that was related to the mammoth and that lived in ancient times

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mastodon

  1. 1 :  any of various extinct mammals (genus Mammut syn. Mastodon) of the elephant family existing from the Miocene through the Pleistocene that are distinguished from the related mammoths chiefly by molar teeth with cone-shaped cusps

  2. 2 :  one that is unusually large

mastodonic play \ˌmas-tə-ˈdä-nik\ adjective
mastodont play \ˈmas-tə-ˌdänt\ adjective or noun

Examples of mastodon in a sentence

  1. <mom-and-pop stores just can't compete with these mastodons of retailing>



Origin of mastodon

New Latin mastodont-, mastodon, from Greek mastos + odont-, odōn, odous tooth — more at tooth


First Known Use: 1811

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