mastodon

Part of speech: noun

An extinct elephant of great size.

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Usage examples "mastodon":

  1. In 1845 no less than six skeletons of the same species of Mastodon were found in Warren county, New Jersey, six feet below the surface, by a farmer who was digging out the rich mud from a small pond which he had drained. - "The Student's Elements of Geology", Sir Charles Lyell.
  2. In that elevated alluvium the remains of a Tertiary mastodon and other quadrupeds of like antiquity are embedded. - "The Antiquity of Man", Charles Lyell.
  3. Let us in spirit leap back to the time when no living creature existed, even before the great mastodon began to leave his huge foot- prints on the sands of time. - "The Ocean and its Wonders", R.M. Ballantyne.