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Meaning of smilodon

smi•lo•don

Pronunciation: (smī'lu-don"), [key]
— n.
  1. any of several saber-toothed cats of the extinct genus Smilodon, that ranged from California through most of South America during the Pleistocene Epoch and had upper canine teeth more than 6 in. (15 cm) long. See illus. under
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