Definition of brontothere in English:

brontothere

noun

  • A large ungulate mammal ("Embolotherium andrewsi") of the Eocene epoch with a hornlike bony growth on the nose.

    • ‘In this context, the evolution of brontothere horns has fascinated paleontologists for more than a century.’
    • ‘He is particularly associated with work on the giant brontotheres, and he proposed a theory to account for their evolution and extinction.’
    • ‘While brontotheres probably are most closely related to horses, they looked more like rhinoceroses.’
    • ‘South Dakota was sub-tropical and had animals such as crocodiles, brontotheres, and horses.’
    • ‘In some species, the horns were extremely long, while in others they were forked, suggesting that the horns may have also been used to help brontotheres recognize their own species.’

Origin

Modern Latin, from Greek brontē thunder + thērion wild beast.

Pronunciation:

brontothere

/ˈbrän(t)əTHir/