Cryptodira

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

cryptodiran

adjective or noun

cryptodire

noun, plural -s

cryptodirous

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of cryptodira

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


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