plural noun

in many classifications
: a suborder of Marsupialia comprising the kangaroos, phalangers, koala, wombats, the extinct giants of the genus Diprotodon, and other marsupials that are all almost exclusively herbivorous, have only one well-developed pair of lower incisors, but usually have three pairs of upper incisors compare polyprotodontia

Word History


New Latin, from Diprotodont-, Diprotodon + -ia

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“Diprotodontia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Diprotodontia. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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