Definition of creodont in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrēəˌdänt/ /ˈkriəˌdɑnt/


  • An extinct carnivorous mammal of the early Tertiary period, ancestral to modern carnivores.

    Order Creodonta: several families

    ‘Read about marsupials and creodonts who also grew ‘long in the tooth’.’
    • ‘In creodont carnivores, such as Hemipsalodon studied here, upper molars have carnassial blades as well.’
    • ‘The brain of the creodonts was generally of relatively small size and their intelligence presumably low.’
    • ‘The slow clumsy creodonts, well adapted to the jungle thickets, were replaced by the swift intelligent cat and dog type carnivora as the dominant predators.’
    • ‘New adaptive breakthroughs and evolutionary radiations also are apparent from such morphospace analysis, such as the reoccupation of creodont niches by nimravids, canids, and felids.’


Late 19th century from modern Latin Creodonta (plural), from Greek kreas ‘flesh’ + odous, odont- ‘tooth’.