An·​chi·​the·​ri·​um | \ ˌaŋkəˈthirēəm \

Definition of Anchitherium

: a genus of extinct Miocene and Pliocene perissodactyl mammals related to the modern horse from which they differ in dentition and especially in the limbs, having a complete ulna and fibula and three functional toes of which the middle one is much the largest

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First Known Use of Anchitherium

1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Anchitherium

borrowed from New Latin, from Greek anchí “near, close by” + New Latin -therium -therium; so named from the resemblance of its teeth to those of other ungulate genera (Rhinoceros, Anoplotherium, Palaeotherium)

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“Anchitherium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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