plural noun
Op·​is·​thog·​ly·​pha | \ ˌäpəsˈthägləfə, əˌpisthəˈglifə \

Definition of Opisthoglypha

: 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

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History and Etymology for Opisthoglypha

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 16 Jan. 2021.

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