Definition of Moeritherium

: a genus of Upper Eocene and Oligocene northern African mammals (order Proboscidea) that are about as large as tapirs and have a short proboscis and mastodont teeth including enlarged second incisors which are considered precursors of the tusks of later related forms (as mastodons and elephants)

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History and Etymology for Moeritherium

New Latin, from Lake Moeris, ancient lake in Faiyûm province, northern Upper Egypt where remains of the genus were found + New Latin -therium

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“Moeritherium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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