Pleurodira

plural noun

Pleu·​ro·​di·​ra
ˌplu̇rəˈdīrə
: an extensive group of freshwater turtles in which the neck cannot be retracted, but is bent laterally beneath the front of the carapace compare matamata
pleurodiran
¦⸗⸗¦dīrən
adjective or noun
pleurodire
ˈ⸗⸗ˌdī(ə)r
adjective or noun

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from pleur- + -dira (from Greek derē, deirē neck)

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“Pleurodira.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pleurodira. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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