noun Pet·a·lo·dus

Definition of Petalodus

  1. :  the type genus of the family Petalodontidae known only from fossil teeth

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Origin and Etymology of petalodus

New Latin Petalodont-, Petalodus, from petal- (from Greek petalon leaf) + -odont-, -odus -odus

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