plural noun Cor·dyl·i·dae \kȯ(r)ˈdiləˌdē\

Definition of Cordylidae

  1. :  a small family of spiny ovoviviparous African lizards somewhat resembling tiny crocodiles

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Origin and Etymology of cordylidae

New Latin, from Cordylus, type genus (from Greek kordylos water newt) + -idae; probably akin to Greek kordylē bump, swelling — more at cardinal

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