Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of fossil Eocene quadrupeds, of the subungulate series, by some referred to the Amblypoda (which see). It was originally based by Owen in 1846 upon a jaw found in the London clay, but subsequently represented by many specimens from the Eocene of Europe and the United States, indicating quadrupeds ranging in size from that of the tapir to that of the rhinoceros. The feet were all 5-toed, the teeth 44 in number, the canines large and sharp in both jaws, and the molars obliquely ridged. The genus is typical of a family Coryphodontidæ.
- n. [lowercase] A mammal of the genus Coryphodon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Paleon.) A genus of extinct mammals from the eocene tertiary of Europe and America. Its species varied in size between the tapir and rhinoceros, and were allied to those animals, but had short, plantigrade, five-toed feet, like the elephant.
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