Macrauchenia

noun
Mac·​rau·​che·​nia | \ ˌmaˌkrȯˈkēnēə \

Definition of Macrauchenia

: a genus (the type of the family Macraucheniidae) of long-necked three-toed Pleistocene mammals (order Litopterna) of South America that had a complete dentition of 44 teeth without a diastema and with pitted incisors like those of the horse, the external nostrils far back, cervical vertebrae resembling those of camels, and other characters suggesting rhinoceroses

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History and Etymology for Macrauchenia

New Latin, from Greek makrauchēn long-necked (from makr- macr- + auchēn neck) + New Latin -ia

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“Macrauchenia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Macrauchenia. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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