Definition of chalicothere in English:


Syllabification: chal·i·co·there
Pronunciation: /ˈkalikōˌTHir


  • A horselike fossil mammal of the late Tertiary period, with stout claws on the toes instead of hooves.
    • Family Chalicotheriidae, order Perissodactyla: several genera, in particular Moropus
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    • In Eurasia the fauna included early deer and giraffes, the giant indricatheres and chalicotheres that were quite different from the American types.
    • A further two groups are known only from the fossil record; these are the chalicotheres and titanotheres.
    • My major interest is the chalicotheres, a group of extinct clawed herbivorous perissodactyls.


early 20th century: from modern Latin Chalicotherium (genus name), from Greek khalix, khalik- 'gravel' + thērion 'wild animal'.

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