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noun tu·a·ta·ra \ˌtü-ə-ˈtär-ə\
plural tu·a·tara or tu·a·taras

Definition of TUATARA

:  a large spiny quadrupedal reptile (Sphenodon punctatum) of islands off the coast of New Zealand that has a vestigial third eye in the middle of the forehead representing the pineal gland and that is the only surviving rhynchocephalian

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Origin of TUATARA

Maori tuatàra
First Known Use: 1890

Rhymes with TUATARA


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