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

Definition of Dasypeltidae

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of dasypeltidae

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

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to cast off or become cast off

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