Definition of palaeothere in US English:



  • An ungulate mammal of an extinct group of perissodactyls, including the genus Palaeotherium, which lived in Eocene and Oligocene times.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Whewell (1794–1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science. From scientific Latin Palaeotherium palaeotherium with omission of the ending: see -there.