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  • n. Any of a genus of extinct whales with serrated teeth, belonging to the Squalodontidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of fossil whales belonging to the Phocodontia; -- so called because their teeth are serrated, like a shark's.

Etymologies

Squalus ("a genus of sharks") + Ancient Greek ὀδών (odōn, "tooth"), alternative form of ὀδούς (odous, "tooth"). (Wiktionary)

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  • A genus of fossil cetaceans found in Miocene and early Pliocene formations; a cetacean belonging to this genus.

    Usage: "The tertiary Zeuglodon and Squalodon...are considered by Professor Huxley to be undoubtedly cetaceans." 1872, DARWIN "Origin of Species" (6th ed.) xi. 302

    See also prosqualodon.

    February 2, 2007