Definitions

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  • n. A gigantic extinct herbivorous mammal from South America, having teeth bent like a bow. It is the type of the order Toxodonta.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A gigantic extinct herbivorous mammal from South America, having teeth bent like a bow. It is the type of the order Toxodonta.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The typical genus of the Toxodonta, based upon the remains of an animal about as large as a hippopotamus, discovered by Darwin, many examples of which have since been found in Pleistocene deposits in the Argentine Republic, as T. platensis.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek τόξον (tokson, "bow") + ὀδών (odōn, "tooth"), alternative form of ὀδούς (odous, "tooth").

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  • "A genus of large extinct quadrupeds, having strongly curved molar teeth, whose remains are found in Pleistocene deposits in S. America. Hence toxodont, adj. belonging to or having the characters of the order Toxodonta, typified by this genus; n. a quadruped of this order." (OED)

    September 15, 2008