: a genus that comprises very large mammals from the Pliocene of India with two pairs of horns of which the posterior are large and somewhat palmated and a muzzle probably fleshy or dilated like that of the saiga antelope and that is placed in the same family as the giraffe or sometimes made the type of a distinct family

Word History


New Latin, from Siva, supreme god of many Hindu sects (from Sanskrit Śiva) + -therium

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“Sivatherium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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