Hystricomorpha

plural noun Hys·tri·co·mor·pha

Definition of Hystricomorpha

  1. :  a suborder of Rodentia comprising forms distinguished by zygomatic arch in which the jugal bone forms the center block and including porcupines, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and many others

hystricomorphic

or

hystricomorphous

\-fəs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of hystricomorpha

New Latin, from Hystric-, Hystrix + -morpha


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