amphidetic

adjective

am·​phi·​det·​ic
: extending both before and behind the beak
used of the ligament of certain bivalves
compare opisthodetic, prosodetic

Word History

Etymology

Greek amphidetos tied all around (from amphidein to tie around, from amphi- + dein to tie) + English -ic

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amphidetic was in 1895

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“Amphidetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amphidetic. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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