from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of very large extinct ruminants found in the Tertiary formation of India. The snout was prolonged in the form of a proboscis. The male had four horns, the posterior pair being large and branched. It was allied to the antelopes, but very much larger than any exsisting species.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The typical genus Of Sivatheriidæ.
  • n. An animal of this genus; a sivathere.


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  • Also sivathere; a fossil ruminant of great size, with four horns, discovered in the Siwalik or Sub-Himalayan hills in Northern India, believed to've resembled an immense Gnu or Antelope. Latin, from Siva/Shiva (the Hindu god) + Greek for "wild beast."

    August 8, 2008