Definition of chalicothere in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkaləkōˌTHir/


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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: chal·i·co·there

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