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Meaning of MASTODON

Pronunciation:  'mastu`dân

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  extinct elephant-like mammal that flourished worldwide from Miocene through Pleistocene times; differ from mammoths in the form of the molar teeth

MASTODON is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: mastodont
 See Also: American mastodon, American mastodont, genus Mammut, genus Mastodon, Mammut, Mammut americanum, proboscidean, proboscidian



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mas"to*don\, n. [Gr. ? the breast + ?, ?, a tooth. So
called from the conical projections upon its molar teeth.]
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 romains
occur in nearly all parts of the world in deposits ranging
from Miocene to late Quaternary time.