: 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

Word History


New Latin, from Greek gomphos + New Latin -therium

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“Gomphotherium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Gomphotherium. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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