A pig-like mammal of the late Eocene and Oligocene epochs, related to modern elephants.
- Not much bigger than moeritherium, phiomia did have the beginnings of a trunk and tusks on its lower jaw.
- The moeritherium belonged to the Eocene period, and was the ancestor of the elephant, an animal whose grotesque features were rendered commonplace only by familiarity.
Modern Latin, from the name of Lake Moeris in Egypt, where the first fossils were found, + Greek thērion 'wild beast'.
For editors and proofreaders
Line breaks: Moeri|ther¦ium
Definition of Moeritherium in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.