Dinotherium

Definitions

  • Skull of Dinotherium
    Skull of Dinotherium
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dinotherium (Paleon) A large extinct proboscidean mammal from the miocene beds of Europe and Asia. It is remarkable for a pair of tusks directed downward from the decurved apex of the lower jaw.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dinotherium A genus of extinct proboscidean quadrupeds of great size, related to the elephants, mammoths, and mastodons. It had (?) incisors in the upper and 2 in the lower jaw, no canines, 2 premolars and 3 molars in each half of each jaw — all in position at once, the premolars replacing milk molars as usual in diphyodont mammals—and enormous lower incisors, turned down or away from the month, the end of the under jaw being modified to correspond. There are several species, from the Miocene of Europe and Asia, the best-known of which is D. giganteum, from Eppelsheim near Mainz, estimated to have been about 18 feet long.
    • n dinotherium [l. c] Pl. dinotheria (-ä). An animal of the genus Dinotherium; a dinothere. Also spelled Deinotherium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dinotherium dī-no-thē′ri-um an extinct animal of huge size, with elephant-like tusks and trunk.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. dinotherium, fr. Gr. deino`s terrible + qhri`on beast
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. deinos, terrible, thērion, a beast.

Usage

In literature:

This kind of skeleton, though no bigger than a rabbit, will sometimes loom large as that of a dinotherium.
"Erewhon Revisited" by Samuel Butler
This animal has been called the Dinotherium.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. September, 1863, No. LXXI." by Various
Or go to Germany, and imagine the bones of the dinotherium to start out of the soil, and become clothed with flesh and instinct with life.
"The Religion of Geology and Its Connected Sciences" by Edward Hitchcock
Dinotherium may have inhabited rivers or estuaries.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
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In poetry:

The Dinotherium flourished then;
The Pterygotus lashed the seas;
The Rhamphorhynchus prospered when
The Scaphognathus perched in trees;
And every creature, wild and tame,
Rejoiced in some rococo name.
"Extinct Monsters" by Eugene Field