mastodon definition

  • noun:
    • some of several very large, extinct proboscidian animals for the genus Mammut (often Mastodon), resembling the elephant but having molar teeth of another type of construction.
    • Extinct elephant-like mammal associated with the genus Mammut that flourished around the globe from Miocene through Pleistocene times; varies from elephants and mammoths by means of the molar teeth.
    • An extinct genus of animals closely allied into elephant, but having less complex molar teeth, and sometimes a couple of reduced, and top, tusks, that are incisor teeth. The types were mostly larger than elephants, and their particular stays take place in nearly all parts of the world in deposits ranging from Miocene to belated Quaternary time.
    • An extinct proboscidean quadruped of the family Elephantidæ and subfamily Mastodontinæ.
    • [capitalized] the standard genus of Mastodontinæ, formerly held to add all of the mastodons, today restricted to those associated with tetralophodont show, particularly M. avernensis of Europe.
    • extinct elephant-like mammal that flourished globally from Miocene through Pleistocene times; vary from mammoths in the form of the molar teeth

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