Meaning of mastodont in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmastədɒnt/


  • An extinct mammal of the order Proboscidea, related to the elephants and mammoths; especially one of the family Mammutidae (formerly Mastodontidae) which comprises the true mastodons.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), revolutionary politician and president of the United States of America. From French mastodonte from masto- + -odonte, with reference to the nipple-like tubercles present in pairs on the crowns of the molar teeth.