Share this entry

taeniodont Line breaks: taenio|dont
Pronunciation: /ˈtiːnɪə(ʊ)dɒnt/

Definition of taeniodont in English:


A primitive fossil herbivorous mammal from the Palaeocene and Eocene of North America, with deep powerful jaws and short stout limbs.
Example sentences
  • Besides viverravids, the collection includes oxyclaenids, arctocyonids, triisodontids, pantolestids, taeniodonts, phenacodontids, mioclaenids, pentacodontids, periptychids, proprimates, and a multituberculate.
  • It is a stylinodontine taeniodont which was discovered by two people who had just stopped on the side of the road.
  • In their preferred upland habitat, taeniodonts could have been much more common than the fossil record reflects.


1930s: from modern Latin Taeniodontia (order name), from Greek tainia 'band, ribbon' + odous, odont- 'tooth'.

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.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources