plural noun

: a family of diprotodont marsupials that includes all recent diprotodonts occurring outside the Australian region and many extinct related forms see caenolestes

Word History


New Latin, from Caenolestes, type genus + -idae

First Known Use

circa 1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Caenolestidae was circa 1904

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“Caenolestidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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