Definition of Machairodus in US English:

Machairodus

(also Machaerodus)

noun

  • A genus of sabre-toothed fossil felids; (also machairodus) a felid of this genus.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Buckland (1784–1856), geologist and dean of Westminster. From scientific Latin Machairodus from ancient Greek μάχαιρα + ὀδούς tooth. Compare sabre-toothed.

Pronunciation

Machairodus

/məˈkʌɪrədəs/