noun Am·phic·y·on \amˈfisēˌän, -ēən\

Definition of Amphicyon

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

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of amphicyon

New Latin, from amphi- + Greek kyōn dog

First Known Use: 1838

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Amphicyon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


capable of being understood in two ways

Get Word of the Day daily email!