Any of various extinct saber-toothed cats of the genus Smilodon, having very long upper canines and widespread in Europe and the Americas during the late Pleistocene Epoch.
Origin of smilodon
- New Latin Smīlodōn genus name Greek smīlē carving knife –odon
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From the genus name Smilodon.