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creodont

Line breaks: creo|dont
Pronunciation: /ˈkriːədɒnt
 
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Definition of creodont in English:

noun

A fossil carnivorous mammal of the early Tertiary period, ancestral to modern carnivores.
  • Order Creodonta: several families
Example sentences
  • Read about marsupials and creodonts who also grew ‘long in the tooth’.
  • In creodont carnivores, such as Hemipsalodon studied here, upper molars have carnassial blades as well.
  • The brain of the creodonts was generally of relatively small size and their intelligence presumably low.

Origin

late 19th century: from modern Latin Creodonta (plural), from Greek kreas 'flesh' + odous, odont- 'tooth'.

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