Megatherium meaning

mĕg'ə-thîr'ē-əm
A large extinct ground sloth of the genus Megatherium of the Miocene Epoch through the Pleistocene Epoch.
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Any of an extinct genus (Megatherium) of very large, plant-eating, ground-dwelling sloths.
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A large, extinct ground sloth of the genus Megatherium that lived from the Miocene through the Pleistocene Epochs, primarily in South America. It was as large as an elephant, had long curved claws and teeth only in the sides of its jaws, and ate plants. The megatherium was more closely related to the modern two-toed sloth than to the three-toed sloth.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Megatheriidae — the megathere, a giant ground sloth.
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Origin of megatherium

  • New Latin Megathērium genus name mega– Greek thērion wild beast treacle
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Ancient Greek μέγας (megas, “great”) + θηρίον (thērion, “beast”)
    From Wiktionary