Meaning of brontothere in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbrɒntəʊθɪə/


  • A large ungulate mammal of the Eocene epoch with a hornlike bony growth on the nose.

    Family Brontotheriidae, order Perissodactyla

    ‘He is particularly associated with work on the giant brontotheres, and he proposed a theory to account for their evolution and extinction.’
    • ‘While brontotheres probably are most closely related to horses, they looked more like rhinoceroses.’
    • ‘In this context, the evolution of brontothere horns has fascinated paleontologists for more than a century.’
    • ‘South Dakota was sub-tropical and had animals such as crocodiles, brontotheres, and horses.’
    • ‘In some species, the horns were extremely long, while in others they were forked, suggesting that the horns may have also been used to help brontotheres recognize their own species.’


Modern Latin, from Greek brontē ‘thunder’ + thērion ‘wild beast’.