Meaning of taeniodont in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtiːnɪə(ʊ)dɒnt/


  • A primitive fossil herbivorous mammal from the Palaeocene and Eocene of North America, with deep powerful jaws and short stout limbs.

    Suborder Taeniodonta, order Cimolesta

    ‘Besides viverravids, the collection includes oxyclaenids, arctocyonids, triisodontids, pantolestids, taeniodonts, phenacodontids, mioclaenids, pentacodontids, periptychids, proprimates, and a multituberculate.’
    • ‘It is a stylinodontine taeniodont which was discovered by two people who had just stopped on the side of the road.’
    • ‘In their preferred upland habitat, taeniodonts could have been much more common than the fossil record reflects.’
    • ‘At least some members of the following groups developed hypsodont dentitions during the Late Eocene: taeniodonts, leporids, castorids, eomyids, rhinocerotids, hypertragulids, oromerycids, and ‘oreodonts’.’
    • ‘The teeth of a tingamarroid are quite strange, with large, flattened incisors, totally absent canines, and a set of deep-rooted, ever-growing molars most similar to those of the extinct taeniodonts.’


1930s from modern Latin Taeniodontia (order name), from Greek tainia ‘band, ribbon’ + odous, odont- ‘tooth’.