Am·​phic·​y·​on | \ amˈfisēˌän, -ēən \

Definition of Amphicyon

: a genus (the type of the family Amphicyonidae) of Miocene and Pliocene Carnivora intermediate between the dogs and the bears — see bear dog

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First Known Use of Amphicyon

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Amphicyon

New Latin, from amphi- + Greek kyōn dog

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“Amphicyon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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