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variants or less commonly machaerodont
: of or relating to the genus Machairodus or related saber-toothed cats (subfamily Machairodontinae)


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variants or less commonly machaerodont
plural -s
: a member of the genus Machairodus or a related saber-toothed cat (subfamily Machairodontinae) : saber-toothed tiger

Word History



machairodont, from Greek machaira sword, dagger + English -odont; machaerodont, from Latin machaera sword, dagger (from Greek machaira) + English -odont

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“Machairodont.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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