Gomphotherium

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

Definition of Gomphotherium

: 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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History and Etymology for Gomphotherium

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 4 Dec. 2020.

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