mastodon

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First attested 1813, from the New Latin genus name Mastodon (1806), coined by French naturalist Georges Cuvier, from Ancient Greek μαστός (mastós, breast) + ὀδούς (odoús, tooth), from the similarity of the mammilloid projections on the crowns of the extinct mammal's molars.

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mastodon (plural mastodons)

  1. Extinct elephant-like mammal of the genus Mammut that flourished worldwide from Miocene through Pleistocene times; differs from elephants and mammoths in the form of the molar teeth.
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