American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large extinct ground sloth of the family Megatheriidae of the Miocene Epoch through the Pleistocene Epoch.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mammal of the family Megatheriidæ.
- n. An extinct, gigantic, ground sloth (genus Megatherium) that flourished in South America during the Pleistocene epoch.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Paleon.) An extinct gigantic quaternary mammal, allied to the ant-eaters and sloths. Its remains are found in South America.
- n. gigantic extinct terrestrial sloth-like mammal of the Pliocene and Pleistocene in America
- From Ancient Greek mega ("large") + therion ("wild beast"). (Wiktionary)
- From New Latin Megathērium, type genus : mega- + Greek thērion, wild beast; see treacle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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