Anchitherium

noun An·chi·the·ri·um \ˌaŋkəˈthirēəm\

Definition of Anchitherium

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of 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) — more at Anchistea


First Known Use: 1847


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