plural noun

: a group of snakes having one or a few posterior maxillary teeth grooved to conduct venom from the enlarged upper labial glands and comprising the families Homalopsidae, Elachistodontidae and Boigidae compare proteroglypha

Word History


New Latin, neuter plural of opisthoglyphus, carved behind, from opisth- + Greek -glyphos, from glyphein to carve

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“Opisthoglypha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Opisthoglypha. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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