Polyprotodontia

plural noun

Poly·​pro·​to·​don·​tia
in some classifications
: a suborder of marsupials including the dasyures, Tasmanian wolves, opossums, bandicoots, and other largely or entirely carnivorous or insectivorous forms having specialized canines and four or five upper incisors and two or three lower incisors on each side compare didactyla , diprotodontia

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from poly- + prot- + -odontia

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“Polyprotodontia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Polyprotodontia. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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