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smilodon

Line breaks: smilo|don
Pronunciation: /ˈsmɪlədɒn
 
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Definition of smilodon in English:

noun

A large sabre-toothed cat of the Pleistocene epoch (see sabretooth).
Example sentences
  • To eat meat, the smilodon had sharp and pointed teeth, which is unlike the caribous’ blunt and rounded teeth. What a pity, the smilodons died out, we can't see them anymore.
  • The smilodon species are also known as Saber-Toothed Cats (which is inaccurate because there are other, unrelated saber-toothed ‘cats’) or Saber-Toothed Tigers (which is inaccurate, as they were not tigers)…

Origin

modern Latin, from Greek smilē 'smile' + odous, odont- 'tooth'.

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