Proteroglypha

plural noun
Protero·​glypha

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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Other Words from Proteroglypha

proteroglyphic \ ¦⸗⸗⸗¦glifik \ adjective
proteroglyphous \ -​fəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Proteroglypha

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

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“Proteroglypha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Proteroglypha. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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