Palaeo·​mastodon | \ ¦pālēō, ¦palēō+ \

Definition of Palaeomastodon

: a genus of primitive proboscidean mammals of the Oligocene of Egypt that are characterized by a long skull, short tusks, a long lower jaw, 22 molars, and a body about half as large as that of the Asian elephant and are commonly regarded as ancestral to the mastodons

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New Latin, from pale- + Mastodon

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“Palaeomastodon.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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