plural noun

: a family of extinct perissodactyl mammals of the Eocene and Miocene of Europe and America that are related to the horses but in some respects resemble tapirs

Word History


New Latin, from Palaeotherium, type genus (from pale- + -therium) + -idae

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“Palaeotheriidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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