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Line breaks: en¦telo|dont
Pronunciation: /ɛnˈtɛlədɒnt

Definition of entelodont in English:


A large pig-like mammal of the Oligocene epoch with two bony knobs on its lower jaw.
Example sentences
  • Meanwhile the omnivorous niches were filled by giant pig-like entelodonts like Archaeotherium (shoulder height 1 metre), which retained short legs and low-crowned teeth.
  • Among the creatures that walk the face of this new, cooler earth is the entelodont, a monstrous forerunner of the pig with massive shoulders and what must be the ugliest mug ever to have graced a living creature.
  • The Asian indricatheres and the American entelodonts both flourished then died out during this epoch.


modern Latin, from Greek entelēs 'perfect' + odous, odont- 'tooth'.

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