saber-toothed tigers
Machaerodus Ma*ch[ae]"ro*dus (m[.a]*k[=e]"r[-o]*d[u^]s), Machairodus Ma*chai"ro*dus (m[.a]*k[imac]"r[-o]*d[u^]s), n. [NL., fr. Gr. ma`chaira dagger + 'odoy`s tooth.] (Paleon.) A genus of extinct mammals allied to the cats, and having in the upper jaw canine teeth of remarkable size and strength; -- hence called {saber-toothed tigers}. [1913 Webster]

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