mastodon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mastodon extinct elephant-like mammal that flourished worldwide from Miocene through Pleistocene times; differ from mammoths in the form of the molar teeth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mastodon (Paleon) An extinct genus of mammals closely allied to the elephant, but having less complex molar teeth, and often a pair of lower, as well as upper, tusks, which are incisor teeth. The species were mostly larger than elephants, and their remains occur in nearly all parts of the world in deposits ranging from Miocene to late Quaternary time.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mastodon An extinct proboscidean quadruped of the family Elephantidæ and subfamily Mastodontinæ. Several genera and rather numerous species have been discovered in Tertiary deposits of most parts of the world, in some cases associated with those of the mammoth. One of the largest and best-known of these is the American Mastodon giganteus, which survived to a late Pleistocene period. A specimen nearly perfect was found in Missouri in 1840; it is now in the British museum, and its dimensions are—extreme length 20 feet 2 inches; height 9 feet 6¼ inches; cranium, length 3⅓ feet, width 2 feet 11 inches; tusks, extreme length 7 feet 2 inches, circumference at base 27 inches. See cut on following page.
    • n mastodon [capitalized] The typical genus of Mastodontinæ, formerly held to include all the mastodons, now restricted to those of the tetralophodont series, such as M. avernensis of Europe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mastodon mas′to-don a genus of extinct elephants, so named from the mamillary cusps or teat-like prominences on the molar teeth.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. masto`s the breast + 'odoy`s 'odo`ntos, a tooth. So called from the conical projections upon its molar teeth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. mastos, the breast, odous, odontos, a tooth.

Usage

In literature:

He peered through a crack and saw something that looked like a mastodon in the darkness tugging at a sack he had used for chinking.
"The Dude Wrangler" by Caroline Lockhart
Many bones and tusks of the mammoth and mastodon, not to mention the remains of other animals, have been found in the ancient river-bed.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
A rollicking Mastodon lived in Spain, In the trunk of a Tranquil Tree.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Then he grabbed Ole's mastodonic paw.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
The fossil elephant, the rhinoceros, the hippopotamus, and the mastodons are not found in the more ancient layers.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
The mastodon was a giant elephant of a still earlier period than the mammoth.
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
With their record-breaking organization the Mastodons gave this feature of minstrelsy perhaps its greatest traditions.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
I'd have been no more surprised to see a mastodon really walking around out here.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
Between them they carried the most perfectly preserved mastodon tusk Johnny had ever seen.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
But the Mastodons still had the great trunk and huge tusks of the elephants.
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
Its staff was mastodon ivory, the paleontologists had determined.
"Zero Data" by Charles Saphro
Soon he received four feet and the rank of a mastodon, with the privilege of roaming over the land.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
He consoled himself with the reflection that this human mastodon probably knew what it was about.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
CAN and the members of his family worshipped Deity under the symbol of the mastodon's head.
"Vestiges of the Mayas" by Augustus Le Plongeon
The ant had subdued the mastodon; the pygmy had taken the thunderbolt prisoner.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 6" by Various
Then to think of the infinite numbers of smaller fellow mortals, invisibly small, compared with which the smallest ants are as mastodons.
"My First Summer in the Sierra" by John Muir
It would be folly however to prophesy a world from which disaster has disappeared on the heels of the mastodon.
"The Book of This and That" by Robert Lynd
And look, that is a mastodon with long, curved tusks.
"Tahara" by Harold M. Sherman
She regarded her niece as if she had been a two-tailed giraffe, or a double-headed mastodon.
"Patricia Brent, Spinster" by Herbert Jenkins
From that point Mount Royal could be seen rising out of mists and stretching its hind-quarters westward like some vast mastodon.
"The Story of Tonty" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
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In poetry:

We were a race of mighty things;
The world was all our own.
I dwelt with the Mammoth large and strong,
And the giant Mastodon.
"The Fossil Elephant" by Mary Botham Howitt
The Mammoth huge and the Mastodon
Were buried beneath the earth;
And the Hydra and the Serpents strong,
In the caves where they had birth!
"The Fossil Elephant" by Mary Botham Howitt
Faint was the light at first that shone
On giant fern and mastodon,
On half-formed plant and beast of prey,
And man as rude and wild as they.
"The Library" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Strolling along
By the teeming docks,
I watch the ships put out.
Black ships that heave and lunge
And move like mastodons
Arising from lethargic sleep.
"Docks" by Carl Sandburg
The earthquake is his best ally--
It shows up things he cannot buy,
And gives him raw material
For making mastodons and such,
Enough to beat that ancient "Dutch
Republic's Rise and Fall."
"The Antiquarian" by Hattie Howard
but now that fever is a fire whose glow
warms our hands, Joseph, as we grunt like primates
exchanging gutturals in this wintry cave
of a brown cottage, while in drifts outside
mastodons force their systems through the snow.
"Forest Of Europe" by Derek Walcott

In news:

Mastodon and indie pop goddess Feist announced late last year that they would be partnering in an unusual fashion for the annual independent retail extravaganza known as Record Store Day.
One of the special releases that sold out fastest at this year's Record Store Day was a split 7-inch between metal Goliath Mastodon and the decidedly more petite Feist .
Fisherman catches tooth of ancient mastodon.
Fort Wayne 's Arianne Mason came off the bench to score two second-half goals and lead the Mastodons to a 3-0 victory over the University of South Dakota.
Eric Stamatin, 11, left, and his cousin, Andrew Gainariu, also 11, discovered a 13,000-year-old mastodon bone.
They learned it was a bone belonging to mastodon.
Mastodon singer-bassist Troy Sanders recently sat down with Hysteria Magazine during the band's residency on Australia's touring Soundwave Festival.
Boys find mastodon bone in Shelby Township.
Mastodon Writing Music for Summer 2013 'Monsters Inc.' Prequel.
Mastodons trail at half.
Behind a school-record-tying 43 points from junior Amanda Hyde, the Mastodons held on late for a 78-65 victory over the Southern Illinois Salukis in a rare mid-day, mid-week match-up.
Mastodon , relaxed, assured, and ready to rock.
The Mastodons won 25-15, 25-12, 25-20.
Mastodon 's Troy Sanders Joins Max Cavalera in New Supergroup.
Mastodon tooth puts shy guy in spotlight.
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