Arthrodira

plural noun Ar·thro·di·ra

Definition of Arthrodira

:a group of Devonian fishes forming a subclass of Placodermi or especially formerly an order of Ostracodermi or a separate class and having the forepart of the body protected by bony plates and with an imperfectly ossified internal skeleton — see coccosteidae , dinichthys

arthrodiran

adjective or noun

arthrodire

noun, plural -s

arthrodirous

\-¦dīrəs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of arthrodira

New Latin, from arthr- + -dira (from Greek deirē neck); akin to Latvian grīva mouth of a river, Old Slavic griva mane, Sanskrit grīva neck, Latin vorare to devour


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