Share this entry
selenodont Line breaks: sel¦eno|dont
Pronunciation: /sɪˈliːnə(ʊ)dɒnt/

Definition of selenodont in English:


1(Of molar teeth) having crescent-shaped ridges on the grinding surfaces, characteristic of ruminant mammals.
Example sentences
  • Correlated with this diet is the evolution of selenodont molar teeth - teeth with crescent-shaped ridges - for more efficient grinding of plants, as seen in this picture of Eocene artiodactyl teeth.
  • In selenodont molars, the enamel ridges form characteristic crescent shapes.
  • The molars of macropodids are hypsodont, quadritubercular, and either selenodont or lophodont or a combination of the two forms.
1.1(Of a ruminant mammal) having selenodont teeth.


Late 19th century: from seleno- 'moon-shaped' + Greek odous, odont- 'tooth'.

Definition of selenodont in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources