plural noun
Cryp·​to·​di·​ra | \ ˌkriptəˈdīrə \

Definition of Cryptodira

in some classifications
: a suborder of Thecophora comprising turtles that bend the neck in a vertical plane in order to retract it into the shell

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Other Words from Cryptodira

cryptodiran \ ¦⸗⸗¦⸗rən \ adjective or noun
cryptodire \ ˈ⸗⸗ˌdī(ə)r \ noun, plural -s
cryptodirous \ ¦⸗⸗¦dīrəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Cryptodira

New Latin, from crypt- + -dira (from Greek deirē neck); akin to Latin vorare to devour

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“Cryptodira.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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