dicynodont

noun
di·​cyn·​o·​dont | \ (ˌ)dī-ˈsi-nō-ˌdänt, -ˈsī-\

Definition of dicynodont

: any of a suborder (Dicynodontia) of small, herbivorous, therapsid vertebrates with reduced dentition

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The creature, given the scientific name Lisowicia bojani, belongs to the dicynodonts, which were some of the first large herbivores. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "An Elephant-Size Mammal Relative Roamed Among Dinosaurs," 22 Nov. 2018 This included the dicynodonts, of which the new species is a member, and other ancient relatives of mammals. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "An Elephant-Size Mammal Relative Roamed Among Dinosaurs," 22 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of dicynodont

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dicynodont

borrowed from New Latin dicynodont- (taken as stem of Dicynodon, genus name), from di- di- + Greek kyn- (stem of kyṓn "dog") + -odont- -odont; so named from the two canine-like tusks in the upper jaw — more at hound entry 1

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