saber-toothed tiger
noun Date: 1849 any of numerous extinct cats (as genus Smilodon) widely distributed from the Oligocene through the Pleistocene and characterized by long curving upper canines — called also saber-toothed cat

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  • saber-toothed tiger — n. any of various extinct cats, closely resembling the tiger, but with a more massive body, shorter legs and tail, and long, curved upper canine teeth: found from the Oligocene to the Pleistocene, and of wide distribution …   English World dictionary

  • saber-toothed tiger — noun any of many extinct cats of the Old and New Worlds having long swordlike upper canine teeth; from the Oligocene through the Pleistocene • Syn: ↑sabertooth • Hypernyms: ↑big cat, ↑cat • Hyponyms: ↑Smiledon californicus, ↑fals …   Useful english dictionary

  • saber-toothed tiger — noun Any of numerous species of prehistoric cat like mammals (genus Smilodon), characterized by massive, but short, legs and two large canine teeth, each about seven inches long and shaped like sabers. Also called saber toothed cat …   Wiktionary

  • saber-toothed tiger — any of several extinct members of the cat family Felidae from the Oligocene to Pleistocene Epochs, having greatly elongated, saberlike upper canine teeth. Also called sabertooth /say beuhr toohth /. [1840 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • false saber-toothed tiger — noun North American cat of the Miocene and Pliocene; much earlier and less specialized than members of the genus Smiledon • Hypernyms: ↑saber toothed tiger, ↑sabertooth • Member Holonyms: ↑Nimravus, ↑genus Nimravus * * * noun see …   Useful english dictionary

  • saber-toothed cat — saber toothed tiger or saber toothed cat, a large, extinct, catlike carnivorous mammal whose upper canine teeth were very long and curved. There were several kinds …   Useful english dictionary

  • Saber-toothed cat — The terms saber toothed cat, sabertooth, and saber toothed tiger describe numerous species, mainly in the families Felidae (subfamily Machairodontinae), Barbourofelidae, and Nimravidae, but also including two marsupial families, that lived during …   Wikipedia

  • saber-toothed — adjective having teeth that resemble sabers a saber toothed tiger • Syn: ↑sabertoothed, ↑sabre toothed • Similar to: ↑toothed * * * | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective : having long trenchant canine teeth …   Useful english dictionary

  • saber-toothed cat — noun see saber toothed tiger …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • saber-toothed — adj. Saber toothed is used with these nouns: ↑tiger …   Collocations dictionary

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