Definition of creodont in English:

creodont

noun

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

    • ‘Read about marsupials and creodonts who also grew ‘long in the tooth’.’
    • ‘The brain of the creodonts was generally of relatively small size and their intelligence presumably low.’
    • ‘In creodont carnivores, such as Hemipsalodon studied here, upper molars have carnassial blades as well.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

creodont

/ˈkrēəˌdänt/