Pa·​lae·​o·​phis | \ pəˈlēəfə̇s \

Definition of Palaeophis

: a genus of large extinct snakes from the Lower Eocene of England and France that are the earliest known members of the suborder Serpentes sharing many characters with and probably being ancestral to the recent pythons and boas

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History and Etymology for Palaeophis

New Latin, from pale- + -ophis

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“Palaeophis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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