: a genus (the type of the family Basilosauridae) of large slender-bodied Eocene whales that are found most abundantly in Alabamian and Floridian rocks and that have serrated posterior teeth with two roots see zeuglodontia

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New Latin, from Greek basileus king + New Latin -o- + -saurus

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“Basilosaurus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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