Proteroglypha

plural noun Protero·glypha

Definition of Proteroglypha

  1. :  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

proteroglyphic

adjective

proteroglyphous

\-fəs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of proteroglypha

New Latin, from proter- + -glypha (from Greek glyphē carved work); from the grooved fangs — more at glyph


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