Palaeognathae

plural noun

Palae·​og·​na·​thae
ˌpālēˈägnəˌthē,
ˌpal-
in some especially former classifications
: a superorder of the subclass Neornithes comprising birds with a primitive reptilian type of palate that are now usually included in Neognathae
palaeognathic
¦⸗⸗əg¦nathik
adjective
or palaeognathous
¦⸗⸗¦ägnəthəs

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from pale- + -gnathae

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“Palaeognathae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Palaeognathae. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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