Machairodus

noun
Ma·​chai·​ro·​dus | \ -dəs \

Definition of Machairodus

: a genus of saber-toothed cats (subfamily Machairodontinae) of the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene that were similar to carnivores of the genus Smilodon but often had somewhat smaller canines

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History and Etymology for Machairodus

New Latin, from Greek machaira sword, dagger + New Latin -odus

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“Machairodus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Machairodus. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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