from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A genus of extinct herbivorous mammals, abundant in the Tertiary formation of the Rocky Mountains. It is more or less related to the camel, hog, and deer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of Oreodontidæ, named by Leidy in 1851 from remains occurring in the Miocene of North America.
- n. [lowercase] A species of this genus; one of the so-called ruminating hogs.
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One extinct animal, called the Oreodon, had grinding teeth like lions, cats, etc., and must have belonged to a race that lived on vegetables and flesh, and yet chewed the cud like a cow.
Oreodon, an animal related to the camels, but with distinct affinities also with other lines, such as those of the hog and deer.