Definition of anchitherium in English:


Pronunciation /ˌaŋkɪˈθɪərɪəm/


  • A small extinct three-toed horse of the genus Anchitherium, known from widely distributed fossil remains of the Miocene period. Also (in form Anchitherium): the genus itself.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Richard Owen (1804–1892), comparative anatomist and palaeontologist. From scientific Latin Anchitherium, genus name from ancient Greek ἄγχι near, related to ἄγχειν to squeeze, strangle + scientific Latin -therium.