Definition of Proteroglypha
: a group of venomous snakes comprising forms that have in the front of the upper jaw and preceding the ordinary teeth permanently erect fangs with an open or a nearly closed groove associated with a venom gland and including the families Elapidae and Hydrophidae widely distributed in the warmer parts of the world — compare opisthoglypha
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Origin and Etymology of proteroglypha
New Latin, from proter- + -glypha (from Greek glyphē carved work); from the grooved fangs
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