Machairodus

noun Ma·chai·ro·dus \-dəs\

Definition of Machairodus

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of machairodus

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


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