plural noun
Pro·​tel·​i·​dae | \ prəˈteləˌdē\

Definition of Protelidae

in some especially former classifications
: a family closely related to and now usually included in the Hyaenidae that includes the aardwolf and related extinct mammals

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History and Etymology for Protelidae

New Latin, from Proteles, type genus + -idae

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