from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large fossil carnivorous quadruped, whose teeth combine the characters of those of the dogs (Canidæ) and of the bears (Ursidæ). It occurs principally in the Miocene Tertiary formation.
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Not particularly wolflike, but if you take a trip to a museum or read a book on prehistoric mammals you'll see certain similarities with the amphicyon also known as the "bear-dog".