plural noun Tec·to·spon·dy·li \ˌtektōˈspändəˌlī\

Definition of Tectospondyli

in some classifications

  1. :  an order or other division of elasmobranch fishes typically having tectospondylic vertebrae and comprising the spiny dogfishes and related forms and the angelfish (genus Squatina) and formerly also the rays and sawfishes — compare batoidei, cyclospondyli

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Origin and Etymology of tectospondyli

New Latin, probably from Latin tectum roof + New Latin -o- + -spondyli

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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