aff. a combining form meaning “wild animal, beast,” usu. denoting an extinct mammal, as an adaptation of a zoological taxon ending in -therium or
-theria: megathere[/ex]
Etymology: < NL -therium (sing.), -theria (pl.) < Gk thēríon, der. of thḗr beast of prey

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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