: 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

Word History


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

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“Machairodus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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