Dei·​no·​don | \ ˈdīnəˌdän \

Definition of Deinodon

: a genus of large, carnivorous North American tyrannosaurid dinosaurs of the late Cretaceous of which all species except one (Deinodon horridus) have been reclassified into related genera

Note: Since the sole remaining species (D. horridus) of the genus is known only from fossilized teeth later considered identical to those of a dinosaur of the genus Gorgosaurus (G. libratus), the genus Deinodon is now considered a genus of doubtful taxonomic standing or is sometimes considered a synonym of Gorgosaurus.

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Other Words from Deinodon

deinodont \ -​ˌdänt \ adjective or noun

History and Etymology for Deinodon

New Latin, from din- + -odon

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“Deinodon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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