oreodont

noun ore·odont \ -nt \

Definition of oreodont

plural oreodonts
:any of several extinct, four-toed, ruminant, artiodactyl mammals (families Merycoidodontidae and Agriochoeridae) living in North America from the Eocene to the early Pliocene and having a general resemblance to swine in form with a short face, a long body, and short legs
  • A closer look revealed bone fragments and teeth of an oreodont—a sheep-sized mammal that grazed here in herds thirty million years ago.
  • —John Madson, in Words from the Land1988

oreodont

adjective
    • Because oreodont fossils are so common, this one was documented and left in place.
    • —Tom MajeskiSt. Paul (Minnesota) Pioneer Press19 Aug. 2000

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Origin and Etymology of oreodont

New Latin Oreodontidae


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