Definition of uintatherium

1 capitalized : a genus (the type of the family Uintatheriidae) of large herbivorous ungulate mammals of the order Dinocerata from the Eocene of Wyoming resembling elephants in size and in the conformation of their limbs and having three pairs of bony protuberances respectively on the parietal, maxillary, and nasal bones of the skill, a pair of canine tusks guarded by downwardly directed processes of the lower jaw but no upper incisors, and a proportionately very small brain
2 plural uintatheria \ -​rēə \ : a mammal of the genus Uintatherium

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History and Etymology for uintatherium

New Latin, from Uinta county, southwest Wyoming + New Latin -therium

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“Uintatherium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uintatherium. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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