One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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