Meaning of megalodon in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɛɡələ(ʊ)dɒn/


  • An enormous fossil shark found in many seas during the Miocene and Pliocene epochs.

    Carcharocles megalodon, of the extinct family Otodontidae

    ‘When scientists want to estimate how large a megalodon might have been, they err on the side of caution.’
    • ‘ Seals, whales, penguins and schools of fish would also have made up the megalodon's diet.’
    • ‘You would be a snack for a megalodon.’
    • ‘As in great whites, a megalodon's front set would be the largest, with teeth varying in shape and size around to the sides.’
    • ‘Discover your inner paleontologist by spending time in the surf hunting for souvenirs from megalodons that swam our oceans millions of years ago.’
    • ‘Fossilized teeth of the megalodon, which may have been wiped out by its successor, the great white, have been found all over.’
    • ‘Two divers have discovered 13 teeth which are believed to belong to three different species of sharks—including the fearsome megalodon.’
    • ‘Police have been called in to investigate whether humans were at play to move the 1,500 pound device, but we're all thinking it was probably aliens or a megalodon.’
    • ‘Not all sharks are man-eating second cousins of the mighty megalodon.’
    • ‘The weeklong television event that celebrates the most feared of ocean predators kicks off with a look at the disappearance of the megalodon.’


Mid 19th century modern Latin, from Greek megas, megalo- ‘great’ + odous, odont- ‘tooth’.