plural noun
Das·​y·​pel·​ti·​dae | \ ˌdasəˈpeltəˌdē \

Definition of Dasypeltidae

: an African family of egg-eating snakes containing a single species (Dasypeltis scaber) having the hypapophyses of the cervical vertebra extending into the esophagus where they form a rasp used in breaking eggshells — see elachistodontidae

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History and Etymology for Dasypeltidae

New Latin, from Dasypeltis, type genus (from dasy- + Greek peltē small shield) + -idae

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“Dasypeltidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dasypeltidae. Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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