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Mastodon

Postby Brazilian dude » Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:29 pm

Main Entry: mas·to·don
Pronunciation: 'mas-t&-"dän, -d&n
Function: noun
Etymology: New Latin mastodont-, mastodon, from Greek mastos + odont-, odOn, odous tooth -- more at TOOTH
1 : any of numerous extinct mammals (genus Mastodon syn. Mammut) that differ from the related mammoths and existing elephants chiefly in the form of the molar teeth
2 : one that is unusually large

Knowing that mastos in Greek means breast and odontos means tooth, does that mean that the mastodon is an animal with a tooth on its breast? :?

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Postby Stargzer » Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:40 am

No, a bit more of the opposite! :D

From the Online Etymology Dictionary:
mastodon
1813, from Mod.L. genus name Mastodon (1806), coined by Georges Cuvier from Gk. mastos "breast" + odont- "tooth," so called from the nipple-like projections on the crowns of the extinct mammal's fossil molars.


In 1953, an electrician working in the basement of a building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, unearthed a grey and white stone about the size of a large grapefruit. The basement was in a building that had belonged to one of the architects of American independence: Benjamin Franklin. The object was a fossilized mastodon tooth.


Picture: Benjamin Franklin's Mastodon Tooth.

More pictures.

And, an article on "Peale’s Mastodon: The Skeleton in our Closet."
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Postby Brazilian dude » Sat Feb 04, 2006 3:51 pm

Well, I wasn't impressed by these tits. Oh, I know why, they didn't have boob jobs back then.

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Postby tcward » Sat Feb 04, 2006 10:23 pm

BD's always looking for topics like this he can sink his teeth into...

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Postby Brazilian dude » Sat Feb 04, 2006 10:25 pm

And topics that I can rub in people's faces.

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Postby Brazilian dude » Sat Feb 04, 2006 10:27 pm

Which reminds me of Vic VapoRub. When I was kid (and didn't know English), I never understood why they had come up with such a nonsense name: VEE-kee vah-poh-ROO-bee. Only now do I get it. :wink:

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