American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various extinct cats of the Oligocene to the Pleistocene Epoch, especially one of the larger members of the genus Smilodon, characterized by long upper canine teeth.
- n. Any of numerous species of prehistoric cat-like mammals (genus Smilodon), characterized by massive, but short, legs and two large canine teeth, each about seven inches long and shaped like sabers.
- n. any of many extinct cats of the Old and New Worlds having long swordlike upper canine teeth; from the Oligocene through the Pleistocene
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