Sivatherium

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sivatherium (Paleon) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sivatherium The typical genus Of Sivatheriidæ. The species is S. giganteum, discovered in the Siwalik Hills, of huge dimensions for a ruminant, with a skull as long as an elephant's, The animal had four horns, and a large tumid muzzle, perhaps somewhat as in the living saiga antelope. Also called Sivalhippus.
    • n sivatherium An animal of this genus; a sivathere.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sivatherium siv-a-thē′ri-um a very large fossil ruminant found in India.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., from E. Siva, + Gr. a beast, an animal

Usage

In literature:

Falconer, Dr., on the Sivatherium.
"A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World" by Charles Darwin
Another jump, and she was quite close to us, before the head of the monstrous Sivatherium.
"From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan" by Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
Another jump, and she was quite close to us, before the head of the monstrous Sivatherium.
"The Best Psychic Stories" by Various
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In poetry:

Oh, had I lived in the good old days,
When the Ichthyosaurus ramped around,
When the Elasmosaur swam the bays,
And the Sivatherium pawed the ground,
Would I have spent my precious time
At weaving golden thoughts in rhyme?
"Extinct Monsters" by Eugene Field