One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large piglike mammal of the Oligocene epoch with two bony knobs on its lower jaw.
Suborder Suina, order Artiodactyla
- ‘Meanwhile the omnivorous niches were filled by giant pig-like entelodonts like Archaeotherium (shoulder height 1 metre), which retained short legs and low-crowned teeth.’
- ‘The entelodonts, however, also possessed unusually good lateral jaw mobility.’
- ‘The Asian indricatheres and the American entelodonts both flourished then died out during this epoch.’
- ‘Among the creatures that walk the face of this new, cooler earth is the entelodont, a monstrous forerunner of the pig with massive shoulders and what must be the ugliest mug ever to have graced a living creature.’
Modern Latin, from Greek entelēs ‘perfect’ + odous, odont- ‘tooth’.
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