Diapsida

plural noun

Di·​ap·​si·​da
dīˈapsədə
in some classifications
: a subclass of reptiles having two pairs of temporal openings in the skull and including the extinct dinosaurs and pterosaurs, the crocodiles and rhynchocephalians, and usually the lizards and snakes compare parapsida
diapsidan
(ˈ)dī¦apsədᵊn
adjective or noun

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from di- + -apsida (from Greek hapsid-, hapsis arch, loop)

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“Diapsida.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Diapsida. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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