Deinocephalia

plural noun Dei·no·ce·pha·lia \ˌdīnōsə̇ˈfālyə\

Definition of Deinocephalia

  1. :  a suborder of Therapsida comprising reptiles known from Permian fossils of southern Africa and Russia that had massive skulls and heavy legs and included the largest of the reptiles foreshadowing mammals, some exceeding the modern rhinoceros in size

deinocephalian

adjective or noun

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Origin and Etymology of deinocephalia

New Latin, from din- + cephal- + -ia


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