Definition of deinotherium in English:


Syllabification: dei·no·the·ri·um
Pronunciation: /ˌdīnəˈTHi(ə)rēəm
(also deinothere /ˈdīnəˌTHi(ə)r/)

noun (plural deinotheria /-THi(ə)rēə/ or deinotheriums)

  • An elephantlike fossil mammal found mainly in the Pliocene epoch, the lower jaw having tusks that curve downward and backward.
    • Genus Deinotherium, suborder Deinotherioidea, order Proboscidea
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    • Imagine a landscape inhabited by several kinds of elephantoids, deinotheres, three species of rhino, two species of hippo, and two species of giraffe.
    • These ancient species were lying side by side with more advanced forms called deinotheres and gomphotheres, which were not previously known to exist until 20 million years ago.
    • By the Early Miocene, deinotheres had grown to the size of a small elephant, and had migrated to Eurasia.


modern Latin, from Greek deinos 'terrible' + thērion 'wild beast'.

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