: a genus of articulate brachiopods widely distributed in Devonian formations where they are important index fossils and characterized by a concavo-convex shell wide at the hinge and with broad rounded ribs

Word History


New Latin, from tropido- (from Greek tropid-, tropis ship's keel) + Greek leptos small; akin to Greek tropos turn

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“Tropidoleptus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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