plural noun

: a family of primitive generalized early Tertiary mammals that may belong to the direct ancestral line of the Carnivora

Word History


New Latin, from Arctocyon, type genus (from arct- + Greek kyōn dog) + -idae

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“Arctocyonidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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