Cynodictis

noun
Cyn·​o·​dic·​tis

Definition of Cynodictis

: a genus of extinct carnivores from the Eocene and Oligocene of Europe that were long-bodied short-legged creatures resembling weasels with retractile claws and presumably ancestral to dogs, foxes, and related forms

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History and Etymology for Cynodictis

New Latin, from cyn- + -dictis (from Greek diktys, an unknown Libyan animal mentioned by Herodotus)

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“Cynodictis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cynodictis. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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