Toxodon

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Toxodon (Paleon) A gigantic extinct herbivorous mammal from South America, having teeth bent like a bow. It is the type of the order Toxodonta.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n toxodon 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.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. to`xon a bow + , , a tooth

Usage

In literature:

These semi-hoofed rodents, like the Toxodon of old, approach the Pachyderms.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
The fossil toxodon resembled the Rodentia in its dentition, and, at the same time, was nearly related to the elephant.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
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