Gomphotherium

noun Gom·pho·the·ri·um \ˌgäm(p)fōˈthirēəm\

Definition of Gomphotherium

  1. :  a large genus (the type of the family Gomphotheriidae) of extinct elephants widely distributed in the Miocene and Pliocene and distinguished by a greatly elongated lower jaw bearing broad flat terminal tusks shaped like shovels

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Origin and Etymology of gomphotherium

New Latin, from Greek gomphos + New Latin -therium


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